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Oil filters for dummies

Leo Member Posts: 770
Those same kids who would play with the oil valve will play with switches and ball valves also. Techs who dislike the lever are just using that as an excuse.



  • D107
    D107 Member Posts: 1,849
    This is a paper or felt filter not cartridge?

    I'm trying to understand some of the equipment in the family house heating system. This Sid Harvey 264 replaced a Westwood F20 (50 micron); not sure if this sid harvey is 50 or 10 micron. Wouldn't want a 10 micron here since there since there's already one at burner. I'm not sure if the '264' name indicates the element or the holder name. On the cylinder it says it can work with the 264-1 or 264-36 elements.

    Tech said next time they'll use a 'cartridge filter'; how is that different? I have heard that these days techs stay away from the felt filters...

    Also not clear on what is considered the 'housing'--that's not the visible metal cannister, correct? Housing is what holds the paper or felt etc together inside the metal cannister? Supposedly cartridge is better since housing and paper/felt are changed rather than just paper/felt?



    PS This is a Roth tank, and I can see why some techs have said that kids will end up playing with that suction assembly lever......
  • lee_7
    lee_7 Member Posts: 458

    264 is the size of filter. there is a larger one (265). Some wool filters can shed and clog smaller nozzles. Cartridge filters are similiar to automotive oil filter. They will catch much more then standard filters and cost a lot more. Since you have a newer tank, the 264 is a fine filter for you.
  • Norm Harvey
    Norm Harvey Member Posts: 684


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