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When to use valve-on delay and motor-off delay?

CLamb Member Posts: 300
I'm looking through the manual for the Beckett AFG oil burner packaged with a Weil-McLain SGO-3. It says that the GeniSys controller has provision for valve-on delay and motor-off delay but doesn't say anything about when they should be used. Can somebody please explain?


  • Big Ed_4
    Big Ed_4 Member Posts: 2,832
    The valve on delay can be used for any application . The valve on and motor off delay must be used for a direct vent , no chimney , vented out the wall application .

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    HVACNUT Member Posts: 5,890
    What model GeniSys? 7505A, B, or P? 
    This is a late model with the Clean Cut pump? If so it should be a B or P.
  • STEVEusaPA
    STEVEusaPA Member Posts: 6,505
    When? Always.

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    Robert O'Brien
  • Steamhead
    Steamhead Member Posts: 17,008
    I'm pretty sure most or all oil burners in production today use valve-on delay. There's no reason not to- it makes the starts and stops a lot cleaner, and helps to reduce soot buildup. I tried valve-on delay on my own burner (Sunray FC Bantam at that time) years ago and saw the difference- now we add it to all our customers' burners that don't have it. Beckett makes a nice delay valve kit that will fit most burners.

    Motor-off delay is used for direct-vent jobs as @Big Ed_4 says, also for boilers with a lot of back-pressure in their flue passages. In the latter case, the spec burner will have it enabled.
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    EBEBRATT-Ed Member Posts: 15,840
    I would use the valve on delay and motor off delay. Cleaner starts and stops. + the motor off delay will cool the nozzle slightly befor shutdown to help prevent after drip
  • EdTheHeaterMan
    EdTheHeaterMan Member Posts: 8,167
    As @STEVEusaPA said "Always" If there is a choice, use the longest off delay for direct vent applications. If you have a standard chimney vented appliance, the time can be set to the shortest off delay, or 30 seconds minimum. anything less than 30 seconds.. why bother? The idea is to reduce convection heat in the combustion chamber from heating the oil in the nozzle line and nozzle. This causes after drip, then that oil is baked and it forms a coating on the nozzle and electrodes

    So use post purge always when available.

    Yours truly,

    Edward Young Retired

    After you make that expensive repair and you still have the same problem, What will you check next?