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Oil burner ignitor

Loop1Loop1 Posts: 13Member
Last week my oil-fired home furnace "died." I called a local shop with a great reputation and a very
experienced technician showed 2 hours later. He immediately diagnosed the problem as the ignitor (Carlin model 41000), popped in a new one (same model), fired up the furnace, did a thorough tune-up and left. He said this particular model ignitor is prone to failure in 5-7 years. Is that true? And if it is, is there a replacement from another maker that might last longer? (But at age 84 maybe I shouldn't worry about furnace longevity.)

Comments

  • Jamie HallJamie Hall Posts: 8,535Member
    Ignitors do die. It's one of the parts which does.
    Jamie



    Building superintendent/caretaker, 7200 sq. ft. historic house museum with dependencies in New England.



    Hoffman Equipped System (all original except boiler), Weil-Mclain 580, 2.75 gph Carlin, Vapourstat 0.5 -- 6.0 ounces per square inch
  • STEVEusaPASTEVEusaPA Posts: 2,153Member
    As much as like Carlin, I stopped using their ignitors. I heard they had problems, made improvements. I've had a few fail in a year.
    Electronic ignitors are sensitive to heat and poor ground.
    I'm surprised the tech told you that it wasn't the best ignitor, then put the same brand back in.
    Despite their weight, I've gone back to the old style transformers.
    How embarrassing to me to replace a transformer that worked for 40 years, with one that only lasts a year or two.
    steve
  • unclejohnunclejohn Posts: 1,289Member
    Replacing a part that used to last 40 years with one that last around 5 years is called progress.
  • HVACNUTHVACNUT Posts: 1,401Member
    The 14K volt igniters don't hold up well with intermittent primaries.
    You want interrupted ignition.
    @STEVEusaPA , I didn't know 10K volt transformers were still available. Did you have to add heavy duty leaf springs to your service vehicle?
  • STEVEusaPASTEVEusaPA Posts: 2,153Member
    HVACNUT said:

    The 14K volt igniters don't hold up well with intermittent primaries.

    You want interrupted ignition.

    @STEVEusaPA , I didn't know 10K volt transformers were still available. Did you have to add heavy duty leaf springs to your service vehicle?

    funny...
    steve
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