InspectAPedia®

Photograph of  a modern oil-fired heating boilerOil Burner Won't Run
Diagnostic Flowchart to Troubleshoot & Repair an Oil Burner

  • OIL BURNER WONT RUN - CONTENTS: Diagnostic steps for an oil burner that won't start or won't keep running: what to check in what order
  • POST a QUESTION or READ FAQs about oil burner inspection, diagnosis, & repair, troubleshooting procedure, how to get the oil burner running again, best order of diagnostic steps.
  • REFERENCES
InspectAPedia tolerates no conflicts of interest. We have no relationship with advertisers, products, or services discussed at this website.

Oil burner won't start or won't keep running:

Step by step checklist to to diagnose & repair an oil burner that won't run or keeps stopping. Oil burners used on oil-fired heating boilers, furnaces, or water heaters can often be diagnosed using a visual inspection approach as well as (optional) simple test equipment described here.

This article series answers most questions about all types of heating system troubleshooting, inspection, diagnosis, and repairs. We describe how to inspect, troubleshoot and repair heating and air conditioning systems to inform home owners, buyers, and home inspectors and students of heating service methods about common heating system defects.

The articles at this website describe how to recognize common oil-fired heating appliance operating or safety defects, and how to save money on home heating costs



Green links show where you are. © Copyright 2017 InspectApedia.com, All Rights Reserved.

Oil Burner Won't Run: Diagnostic Steps - what to check in what order

Oil burner schematic (C) Carson Dunlop AssociatesThis article series explains the inspection, diagnosis, & repair of oil burners used in heating appliances such as hot water boilers, steam boilers, & water heaters.

If your heat is not working properly, and the problem does not seem to be the oil burner itself, see NO HEAT - BOILER - hot water or steam heat
or
see NO HEAT - FURNACE - forced warm air heat

We have collected oil burner diagnostic procedures from several texts, [1] - [22] adapted, expanded, and generally re-ordered steps in order of most likely to be successful and easiest to perform.

For example it makes sense to check for a valve or switch that is off, or an oil filter that is clogged, before we start disassembling the fuel unit.

 

If the OIL BURNER WILL NOT START

Thermostat COOL OFF HEAT settings explainedA good starting point is at HEAT WON'T TURN ON. You can return here from that article. Start right at the room thermostat.

Or jump right into the detailed oil burner diagnostic step sequence below.

...


Continue reading at HEAT WON'T TURN ON or select a topic from closely-related articles below, or see our complete INDEX to RELATED ARTICLES below.

Or see OIL BURNER WON'T RUN FAQs for questions & answers posted originally at this article

Or see PUFFBACKS, OIL BURNER

If the oil burner starts but does not run properly see these diagnostic articles

OIL BURNERS - home

Or see OIL HEAT TEXTBOOK - an online PDF of a complete oil heat service text book (albeit an old one)

Suggested citation for this web page

OIL BURNER WONT RUN at InspectApedia.com - online encyclopedia of building & environmental inspection, testing, diagnosis, repair, & problem prevention advice.

INDEX to RELATED ARTICLES: ARTICLE INDEX to HEATING OIL, OIL BURNERS, OIL FIRED HEATERS, OIL TANKS

Or use the SEARCH BOX found below to Ask a Question or Search InspectApedia


...

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

Click to Show or Hide FAQs

Ask a Question or Search InspectApedia

Use the "Click to Show or Hide FAQs" link just above to see recently-posted questions, comments, replies, try the search box just below, or if you prefer, post a question or comment in the Comments box below and we will respond promptly.

Search the InspectApedia website

Comment Box is loading comments...

Technical Reviewers & References

Click to Show or Hide Citations & References

Publisher's Google+ Page by Daniel Friedman