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Old 01-10-2010, 08:35 AM   #1
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Burner crapped out - New GO-3 Burner Adjustment


Burner crapped out and just installed a new GO-3 burner in a WC WGO-3 boiler. Are the factory settings on the GO-3 burner 'good enough' to run it for the next few days until I can get a service tech out to properly adjust it? I could get someone today, but I don't see the need to pay an emergency call fee if I can run this thing until tomorrow or Tuesday as is.

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Old 01-10-2010, 08:50 AM   #2
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May or may not be.

Depends on the chimney and how clean your boiler was before the new burner was installed.

New burners shouldn't be installed in a dirty boiler. Did you clean the boiler before installing the new burner.

Might want to have a tech clean the boiler. Burner set up is part of the process.

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Old 01-10-2010, 09:42 AM   #3
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If it is burning too lean can it produce creosote Beenthere? Saw that happen once and it made a HE*L of a mess of a furnace AND chimney and can be very dangerous.
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Too clean or too dirty both cause lots of trouble.

Too clean can form a tar(similar to creosote) in the flue and chimney.
And cause a chimney fire down the road.
Also can cause sulfuric oxide vapor to form. And if it mixes with moisture. You have sulfuric acid(nasty stuff).
And if it washes down into the boiler. It does lots of damage.



Too dirty, and it can soot up the boiler passage ways that you get CO coming out of the boiler.
Less harmful is the increase in oil consumption. Since soot is a good insulator.


The OP, may be thinking. but its only for a day or 2.
How far off the air fuel mixture is. will vary how much damage can be done in a day or to.

A # 6 smoke can soot up a boiler in a day(3/16 to 1/4". A #10 can plug it up in that same time period.

Would be best to use space heaters until a tech can clean the boiler, and set up the burner properly.

The OP has to make that decision.
Guess it depends on how lucky the OP feels. OP: Have you won the lottery recently?
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Yeah. It can be sooted up in less than a day (same with a gas furnace) and it costs $$/hr to clean it. More soot=more hrs=more cost. Back in the Dark ages (1979) I saw a furnace and chimney get completely tarred up with the tar oozing down out the cleanout. Not sure if you ever heard of a low pressure gun type oil burner (obsolete) not sure if it was a Timken, looked like a gun type if I remember, but they stuck a high pressure one in and the furnace was not designed for it. Long story short, it tarred everything up and we had to do a changeout to gas ASAP. What a MESS!!

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GE, Timpkin, York Shipley. To name a few.

I hated those GE compressors. They only died after the supply house was closed.
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Nowadays my hands only get dirty on "special occasions". The grease from the Big M*acs used to be great for loosening up the oil grime under the fingernails. Those were the days. Saw an original Timkin brand boiler (fancy shroud etc) a month ago with an upshot gas conversion burner. Timken was the Cadillac of the day.
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Haven't seen a working low pressure in several years now.

Lots of converted GE's though.
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I cleaned the boiler, flue pipe and chimney about 2 weeks ago and installed a new refractory kit. The thing has been a little 'sooty', so didn't want to rely on trying to duplicate the settings on the old burner. Guess I could run it for a bit, open it up and see what I got. Trying to get someone out here in the morning, but you know how that goes.

Space heaters are out of the question. In this frigid NE weather going on space heaters just ain't gonna get the job done.
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