New top feed tank problems
This is my first post and I am going to jump right into it!
I am hoping that somebody can help me. I recently replaced my outdoor furnace oil tank. I installed a fiberglass 909 liter tank. It was installed with a 1/2" single copperline. It is a top feed installation. The tank is situated on a cement stand approximately 5 feet above ground. The furnace is located in the basement of the house. Ever since the installation I have had to bleed the furnace line at least once a day because the furnace keeps quiting.
Can anybody help me understand what i need to do?I shouldnt have to bleed it everyday!
Thanks In advance.
I should add some more details I suppose, it is a single line system(no return line) and the furnace is actually a new yorker boiler that provides base board heating and hot domestic water, it is a reillo(spelled correctly?) burner.
If more info on the system is needed let me know.
Need to have the installing contractor come back out and recheck everything for you. It sounds as though there is a leak somewhere causing the system yo lose its prime.
Riellos can on occasion have problems with losing prime, I've seen it with overhead lines, if there is no loose connection on the oil line you might have to have a tiger loop installed.
putting a check valve in the line closer to the furnace will do the same thing.
Originally Posted by mlstark
is it a top feed or bottom feed tank? id have trouble believing a downward graded oil line would lose prime even with a leak.
Have your contractor do a vacuum test on the lines, itll tell him all he needs to know.
if he doesnt know how, get a new contractor
A check valve and a Tiger Loop perform two entirely different functions. The very tiniest of air leaks (air can leak where oil will not due to density differences) can confound the most determined technician. You can drive yourself crazy hunting for the ghost or simply install a Tiger Loop and put the whole issue to rest. Our company learned many years ago that whenever we install a suction application, we automatically install a Tiger Loop. I've spent many dark, cold nights at home with the wife when I otherwise could have been chasing air leaks, thanks to the Tiger Loop.
Originally Posted by Gross
I agree find the leak, I would add a Tiger loop also
I also prefer the gar-ber oil filter as they seam to seal better
And they actually filter. Tiger loops mask problems, not solve them.
Originally Posted by catmanacman
First of all thanks everyone for the replies,
Calling the contractor back to recheck it is not an option. I called him allready, he said since the insurance agent signed off on the installation and the furnace was functioning properly when he left his job is complete. He has washed his hands of the job.
It is a top feed out of the tank total vertical distance from the top of the tank to the burner is approximately 9 feet. Total length of installed copper line is 37 feet.
I spoke briefly to a burner tech today who is coming out this week to inspect the installation, he mentioned that on a reillo burner, if the oil filter is dirty or sludged up it could cause my problem. Is it possible that after mucking about with the oil( old oil was transfered into the new tank) that some sludge was stirred up and now the filter is the culprit?
Any comments are appreciated
filter can be a cause of burner not firing properly, but not usually able to restart after a prime.
post back after his visit if he comes up with nothing.
gross, we can take that discussion to the proforum if need be
There is a reason your not allowed to transfer old oil
Also, reillo pumps are only good up to -3"wc
A new filter may get it working now, a two stage pump will fix the problem if u have no leaks. Vacuum test :/