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  1. #1
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    First of all, I love the iron core ignition transformers. They are the most dependable on oil burners. Easy to test in the field and are just tanks.

    Has anyone else here run into problems with these electronic ignitors?

    How are we to test them if the manufacturers tell us that we can not use the screwdriver test? If you do the spark seems weak.

    12KV is 12KV there is no special 12KV and they all have about the same mA rating, between 28 and 35. Which is in line with iron core txfmrs at 10KV.

    I am not going to lug in a Dongon transformer tester on every service call. It's just not practical.

    Has anyone seen a good txfmr tester?
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  2. #2
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    Jun 2003
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    Do the screwdriver test. I always do. If it seems weak, replace it. I also have an electronic tester made by Allanson. It has a red and a green LED. It costs about $20.
    The Carlin and Allanson igniters last about 5 years compared to 15- 20 on the 10000 volt ones.
    But with the price of gas, carrying 5 or 10 of those on your van would be like hauling boat anchors.

  3. #3
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    Originally posted by oil lp man
    Do the screwdriver test. I always do. If it seems weak, replace it. I also have an electronic tester made by Allanson. It has a red and a green LED. It costs about $20.
    The Carlin and Allanson igniters last about 5 years compared to 15- 20 on the 10000 volt ones.
    But with the price of gas, carrying 5 or 10 of those on your van would be like hauling boat anchors.
    Thanks for the info. I just like the old boat anchors and since I don't pay for the fuel, it's not concern to me. I'll get one of those testers right away.. Another tool for the already crowded pouch..
    Happiness is the only good. The time to be happy is now. The place to be happy is here. The way to be happy is to make others so.
    -Robert Green Ingersoll

  4. #4
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    Sep 2003
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    south NJ
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    I own a tester for the electronic ignitors. I have found that the tester will only show if the ignitor is working. It will not show if the ignitor is week or if there is a intermittant problem. I do have a high voltage tester that is made by Feildpiece that connects to my meter. Now I can see the voltage. The only other tester would be a good screw driver.

  5. #5
    Join Date
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    or the customers pesky dog or cat
























    or the kid that keeps peering at you from around the corner!

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