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Boiler won’t stay running

Matt316
Matt316 Member Posts: 1

Hey guys so I’ve been having some issues with my brunham v-14 boiler. It does my baseboard heat and my hot water. So I bought the house on January 4th and the heat has been running fine no problem. Now I know the fire chamber was starting to go so I know that needs repair. But a couple weeks ago it shut off and wasn’t getting fuel. I have an overhead fuel line and I had to prime it every few days. Been doing that fit a couple weeks now. So I eventually found out about a tiger loop deairator. I installed one of those on Tuesday and it’s been running fine no problems. Up until tonight (Saturday) all of a sudden the boiler won’t stay running. If I press the reset button it kicks on and runs for about 10 seconds and shuts down. What could be causing it to shut down? Could it be that the fire chamber needs to be repaired? Not sure if that would cause it to shut down or not.


So my real question is will a damaged fire chamber cause it to run for 10 seconds then shut off or do I have a different problem too?

 If anyone has any help please let me know. Thank you. 

Comments

  • Jamie Hall
    Jamie Hall Member Posts: 15,735
    If it has a damaged fire chamber... and it's oil... you very much need a competent tech. to come and service the burner properly (pressures, draught, electrodes, cad cell, etc. etc., all with the correct measuring instruments) after he has replaced the fire chamber -- if that can even be done -- and after he has thoroughly cleaned the fire side of the boiler and checked the breeching and the chimney.

    Sometimes the fix can be simple -- but from the sound of it, this boiler and burner has been sadly neglected and it may not be -- and in any event everything needs to be checked.

    In the meantime, I'd turn the boiler off and leave it off. Whatever you do, never, ever push the reset button more than once if it doesn't fire. You could be asking or a pleasant evening with the fire department...
    Br. Jamie, osb
    Building superintendent/caretaker, 7200 sq. ft. historic house museum with dependencies in New England
  • EBEBRATT-Ed
    EBEBRATT-Ed Member Posts: 8,840
    The fire chamber won't cause it to shut down

    The fact that you had to prime the burner pump means that you have an oil supply issue. Plugged filter, plugged strainer in the oil pump, kinked oil line plugged nozzle etc or a vacuum lealkin the oil line

    The Tiger loop is a band aid not the fix
    Dave T_2
  • EdTheHeaterMan
    EdTheHeaterMan Member Posts: 2,078
    Your combustion chamber wall may have collapsed further since your last look. If the chamber wall is in the path of the oil spray, you may have a real mess on your hands. As oil needs to be a gas to burn completely, if the oil touches the chamber wall, that will cool the oil below the vaporization point. That is called Impingement. once the oil touches that object it will not burn properly and carbon builds up upon the foreign surface. As that carbon builds up and increases in size, the obstruction may block the light from the flame from reaching the flame sensing eye. This is one reason you need to reset the control. There may be other reasons including the lens of the eye having a covering of black "Puff Back" soot

    My advice is to stop hitting the reset button and get a professional out there to replace the combustion chamber and clean the heat exchanger while you are at it. The problem is not going away, it can only get worse.

    Mr.Ed
    Edward Young
    Retired HVAC Contractor from So. Jersey Shore.
    Cleaned & services first oil heating system at age 16
  • EdTheHeaterMan
    EdTheHeaterMan Member Posts: 2,078
    I can't say that enough!
    Edward Young
    Retired HVAC Contractor from So. Jersey Shore.
    Cleaned & services first oil heating system at age 16
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  • Big Ed_4
    Big Ed_4 Member Posts: 1,684
    :)
    I have enough experience to know , that I dont know it all
  • STEVEusaPA
    STEVEusaPA Member Posts: 4,917
    Geez @EdTheHeaterMan I know you like to use 1000 words when 100 will do, but you didn't have to post it 3x.
    But it reality, that advice is so important and spot on, maybe 3 times is whats needed for it to set in...lol.
    steve
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  • Erin Holohan Haskell
    Erin Holohan Haskell Member, Moderator, Administrator Posts: 1,590
    :D I've fixed the duplicate posts.
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    mattmia2STEVEusaPAEdTheHeaterMan
  • EdTheHeaterMan
    EdTheHeaterMan Member Posts: 2,078

    Geez @EdTheHeaterMan I know you like to use 1000 words when 100 will do, but you didn't have to post it 3x.
    But it reality, that advice is so important and spot on, maybe 3 times is whats needed for it to set in...lol.

    I don't know how that happened but when it did, I had to leave it there and comment about it.

    Thanks for noticing!
    Edward Young
    Retired HVAC Contractor from So. Jersey Shore.
    Cleaned & services first oil heating system at age 16
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