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Re: Getting Away with no testing

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Posted by John Edwards on May 22, 2006 at 20:31:36:

In Reply to: Re: Getting Away with no testing posted by HeatPro on May 22, 2006 at 16:41:40:

I live in New York City and am now on my fourth service company (the one that supplies my oil). I find that they are all no good. I have called lots of local companies and none of them have this combustion test equipment. They make adjustments as they check the fire in the combustion chamber and the smoke out of the flue pipe. If they are not supervised they change the nozzle and run (and put in the wrong nozzle also). If they are supervised they will take the top off the boiler and clean down thru the cast iron sections, but they refuse to remove the burner to clean the cast iron section upwards from inside the combustion chamber. The one year I wasn't there to supervise them, the boiler began to fill up my house with smoke and carbon monoxide. It turns out that the retention head had not been set properly and the oil did not burn right and eventually the space between the cast iron sections clogged entirely, so the smoke could not get through that space to exit the chimney, and had to come out of the front of the boiler into my house. They are all no good. They are all completely useless. Good luck finding anyone in your area that actually tests out the equipment properly. I am thinking about switching to gas, due to lack of adequate service for oil burners. I have searched high and low in my area and there are none whatsoever. If they're not in my area they're probably not in yours either. They must have all died off 50 years ago. Good luck.

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