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  1. nathan36

    nathan36 New Member

    Hi Guys,
    Hoping someone can help me with this,
    The problem originally occured when my clien was having their roof redone, and a tile fell ontop of the valve ontop of the storage tank breaking it, and so the oil was no longer getting to the boiler.
    Before they realised this was the case they had run the pipes dry and heard a loud noise when it has ran dry.(reckon this could have broken something maybe).
    6 weeks down the line I have just replaced the valve on the top, and oil is certainly getting to the oil filter.I have sucked out any air gaps.
    I have taken off the supply flexible and dunked it in the heating oil whilst trying to turn the boiler on and it didnt start up.

    The boiler was working before this happened,

    Any suggestions of things I could try are welcome
    Thanks in advanced
  2. Chalked

    Chalked Plumber GSR

    It will need bleeding at the burner. It's not a job you want to tackle without knowing what your doing.
    Call a local oftec registered technician. 10 minute job ( but will cost an hour.)
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  3. Dotty

    Dotty Guest

    If they've tried to restart it more than a couple of times with no oil then they'll have broken the burner. It'll need a new bit.

    For which you need training, tools and test gear to replace.
  4. SimonG

    SimonG Trusted Plumber

    Could be expensive. Amazing how a small issue can escalate into something more expensive because people fiddle and play.

    Why are you fiddling with something you are not competent in and if you are doing it for a client, charging them I presume.

    It's simple, get somebody out and the roofers pay the bill. You're not the roofer by any chance ? :)
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  5. Jay The Plumber

    Jay The Plumber Active Member

    as above.. where are you ?
  6. lame plumber

    lame plumber Guest

    attend an oftec training course for pj burners for starters
  7. nathan36

    nathan36 New Member

    No im not the roofer,
    I am a trained heating engineer and am actually working in France, where things like oftec dont exist.
  8. SimonG

    SimonG Trusted Plumber

    Obviously not trained in oil though. You will have to get old of somebody familiar with oil. There could be a number of things wrong.

    Make sure you are there when they are. It won't be a lot of time but you could pick up a few things on the oil side.
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