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jbhammon 08-26-2009 08:31 PM

Clay Fire Box inside of oil furnace
As I was mentioning on another thread, a small tornado came through my yard a few weeks back and dropped some trees on the house. A branch hit the chimney and water came in and down the pipe. When I checked on it, the fire was out, but the oil was still pumping and the water was coming out of the blower intake.

I turned everything off, and tried to let it dry out. But each time i tried to turn it on, it would work for about 24 hours and shut off. Very heavy, dark brown smoke coming from the chimney, (after I fixed it.) I final gave up and switched over to electric hot water heater.

I took the fire/blow element off and vacuumed out the soot, (lots and lots of soot.) As I was vacuuming, I noticed that chunks of some thing were be sucked up. I noticed that peaces of clay were laying around inside.

My wife says this is bad thing and that furnace may not be able to be fixed.

I have an insurance guy coming out on Friday to look at it.

What can I expect? Can this unit be fixed, or is it cooked when the clay box is broken?

beenthere 08-27-2009 05:36 AM

A new liner can be instaled.

If your lucky. They'll pay for a new boiler instead.

hvaclover 08-27-2009 05:57 PM

I don't know

SULTINI 08-30-2009 01:42 PM

As been stated sounds like you need a new chimney liner.

Maybe you can get a new heater and liner out of them after all every thing worked until the storm.

If they do not cooperate call a public adjuster they'll make sure you get a new heater and chimney liner.

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