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Neglected Oil Heating System

paulvon Member Posts: 1
I recently purchased a house where the oil heating system had been neglected. When I removed the panels to brush the fingers there was a lot of junk between them. The fingers were cleaned. Removed the chimney and found a lot of stuff on top of the water jacket. The oil filter had a lot of crud in it and was replaced. I also replaced the nozzle.

With the air temperature being 70 F inside and outside the house I started the boiler. It took temperature readings every five minutes. A summary of them was that after 40 minutes. The temperature shown on the water jacket gauge went from 68 F to 123 F. The outlet temperature went from 70 F to 99 F and the inlet went from 70 F to 88 F.

Equipment Burnham PV73WT-TBWF with Beckett AFG 0.85x80B

I have a few questions:

Does this length of time for the water to heat up seem normal?

Is there something else that I can do to help this system work at better efficiency?

Any other suggestions would be appreciated.


  • Steamhead
    Steamhead Member Posts: 15,330

    You are not in DIY territory here.


    @paulvon , where are you located?
    All Steamed Up, Inc.
    Towson, MD, USA
    Steam, Vapor & Hot-Water Heating Specialists
    Oil & Gas Burner Service