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Oil furnace testing

I have been reading and reading about oil burning equipment, and I was wondering how techs start the oil burner if the furnace or boiler is in the basement and the thermostat is upstairs? Do you run up and down the stairs changing the thermostat setting to get the furnace to turn on? I was considering just jumpering between the "R" and the "W" terminals on the burner controller, is this OK? As I understand it, the thermostat merely sends a 24 vac signal to the "W" terminal when there is a call for heat, but I don't want to destroy my thermostat by jumpering the conections at the furnace instead.


  • Mitch_4
    Mitch_4 Member Posts: 955

    remove the thermostat wire from the "R" terminal so you do not fry anything. If you remove any other, the power is still being fed to the stat.

    Remove "R" and jumper R-W

  • Dirk Wright
    Dirk Wright Member Posts: 142

  • JOHN_103
    JOHN_103 Member Posts: 54

    make sure you remove the jumpers when ypur done or you'll be back for over heating
  • lchmb
    lchmb Member Posts: 2,997

    Make sure to test the t-stat after it's all said and done!!
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