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Oil burner installation, troubleshooting, diagnosis & repair guide: here we provide a detailed guide to oil burners used on heating systems, boilers & furnaces: basic parts, operation, maintenance, repair, performance and heating cost money-saving tips. This website answers most questions about central heating and water heating systems and provides guides for troubleshooting, inspection, diagnosis, and repairs. Also see our OIL BURNER INSPECTION & REPAIR and additional oil burner inspection, diagnosis, & repair article titles at Related Topics .
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Oil fired heating equipment such as hydronic (hot water) boilers, steam boilers, warm air furnaces, and water heaters, have used heating oil, usually No. 2 heating oil, and various types of oil burners to burn the fuel, thus providing a heat source for nearly 100 years.
This article describes the basics of how oil burners work, and we provide a guide to their inspection and problem diagnosis and repair.
How Oil Burners Work
Refer to the schematic of a conventional oil burner shown below, where we list the major parts parts of a modern oil burner. The sketch at above left is courtesy of Carson Dunlop Associates.
If you need to diagnose and fix a oil fired heating equipment problem with your oil burner, read the text below but also be sure to check out the detailed oil burner articles listed at page top or at Related Topics listed under OIL BURNERS, and for more detailed oil burner troubleshooting see OIL BURNER INSPECTION & REPAIR. For heating system troubleshooting that starts before the oil burner, see DIAGNOSE & FIX HEATING PROBLEMS-BOILER or DIAGNOSE & FIX HEATING PROBLEMS-FURNACE
Sequence of steps in home heating or hot water heater oil burner operation:
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