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Importance of combustion gas testing?
My Thermo-dynamics hot water steel boiler S-110, (installed new, October 26, 2012), is equipped with a Beckett AFG oil burner (F3 head), upon which is installed an Aquasmart 7600 boiler control, Genisys 7505 burner control, solenoid valve, and Beckett igniter) just had its first annual maintenance/cleaning.
Because we now have a new company servicing this equipment, I want to learn everything I can about the burner components. This is our 3rd boiler since our house was built in 1972. The first 2 boilers were cast iron (Repco and HB Smith). I used to service our 1st boiler (Repco). I had taken an oil burner technician course and I purchased the necessary testing equipment. I worked on it for 17 years. I became quite knowledgeable and had it running as well as it could. I did not service our 2nd boiler.
During the recent service appointment of our new unit, the top was removed, for cleaning, and there was no soot present. I was amazed. The technician attributed that to the Beckett Heat Manager system. Does this sound correct?
My one concern is, that the technician, after installing a new nozzle and oil filter, adjusted the air while looking at the flame, using the flame inspection window. He did not use any instrumentation whatsoever. Can this be an “OK” way of making the proper adjustment to the final flame?
I was considering purchasing a Fieldpiece SOX2 combustion check meter. This instrument seems like it would provide the necessary data to get the most out of the oil burning process.
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