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    Lightbulb

    Have you seen this? On reilo oil burners if you have a bad capasitor and no replacement on hand. You can take a 100 watt light bulb and socket and wire the two ends inplace of the cap and it will run the moter. I was told this by another tech who has several years of oil service under his belt. The only more impresive thing than this this is his tall tails. What to belive???

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    the motEr, really...i mean rielly?(get it, burner joke)

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    It is my understanding this works for capacitor motors so it should work on a blower motor also.

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    Originally posted by rasmussen6880
    Have you seen this? On riello oil burners if you have a bad capasitor and no replacement on hand. You can take a 100 watt light bulb and socket and wire the two ends inplace of the cap and it will run the moter. I was told this by another tech who has several years of oil service under his belt. The only more impresive thing than this this is his tall tails. What to belive???
    Its true. The lightbulb is a diagnostic tool. If the motor starts then you have a bad capacitor. It can be left in place until the capacitor can be replaced. I wouldn't leave it there too long though. If the lightbulb dies then the burner won't run.

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    Doesn't it change the load from being purely inductive?

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    Originally posted by stonewallred
    Doesn't it change the load from being purely inductive?
    All I know is that it works.

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    I was told you can also test ignition tranformer with a light bulb. You put the bulb in seris with high voltage, if the light bulb lights the transformer insulation is weak and should be replaced.

    Note: I have never actually tried this.
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    if its true will the value of the cap effect how it runs. ie...5mf.vs.15mf. or on compresors that have 35 to 55 ratings.

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    Originally posted by rasmussen6880
    if its true will the value of the cap effect how it runs. ie...5mf.vs.15mf. or on compresors that have 35 to 55 ratings.
    The Riellos capacitor is one size. I wouldn't try it on anything other than the Riello burner. I wouldn't tell you to do it other than the fact that it was part of our training. The Riello reps had a day long training seminar at our shop last year.

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    Interesting. June 05 issue of Fuel Ol News http://www.fueloilnews.com

    Article; Minding your PSC's explains this technique. And for 220vac motors use two light bulbs in series.
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    Originally posted by millerman
    Interesting. June 05 issue of Fuel Ol News http://www.fueloilnews.com

    Article; Minding your PSC's explains this technique. And for 220vac motors use two light bulbs in series.
    this is the info i wanted this artical was verry informative

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    I can.

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