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Thermopride OL26 Collapsed combustion chamber

USA498 Member Posts: 45
Hi all,  Having a little difficulty getting a lower panel off of an old Thermopride lowboy. Need to change the combustion chamber but cannot get the panel to budge after removing the 12 nuts. Is this sealed on or is it a gasket. any help would be great !


  • USA498
    USA498 Member Posts: 45
    Success !

    Boy, that was fun !  Finally got it to move and boy what a shock . This was running all last year.
  • Steamhead
    Steamhead Member Posts: 16,886
    Let me guess-

    it had been "serviced" every year?
    All Steamed Up, Inc.
    Towson, MD, USA
    Steam, Vapor & Hot-Water Heating Specialists
    Oil & Gas Burner Service
  • icesailor
    icesailor Member Posts: 7,265

    Its too expensive to clean them properly. If you can't clean 8 appliances in an 8 hour day, you aren't making the boss (or yourself) any money.

    Those service contract cleanings are the best. You get what you pay for. Every year.

    From the time you leave the last job, you should be able to go to the next one. Clean the burner, change the nozzle, adjust the igniters correctly, change the pump strainer and filter (s), check and adjust the fuel pressure, then completely clean the HX by removing the burner, cleaning the crud out of the combustion chamber and do any testing required to be sure that there are no cracks or leaks in the HX, and then test it with an electronic combustion analyzer. Pick up your tools and get to the next cleaning. All within the allotted hour.

    That's what the Service Manager EXPECTS.

    I was a failure. I've never been able to do that.
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