pilot light, no flame

Old 01-07-13, 05:33 AM
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pilot light, no flame

Sorry for a question that I am sure has been answered countless times,
I went to a new church yesterday, and there was no heat, I learned the boiler would not fire. but was fine the day before. This is Milwaukee, WI, heat is needed asap.
It is a large boiler, and had a thermo couple/(pile) that I had never seen, because there is a T in the capillary tube. There are wires were disconnected by previous serviceman, which leads me to believe it is a pile, not a thermocouple. They said they got charged 1200.00 the last service bill which was not too long ago and not much money in the coffers so I thought I could check into it.
What can I do to make a flame come on at the boiler? -even temporary. I tried jumping the 2 wires but there was no spark, again I think it is a thermopile, is this even possible?
Thanks for any advice.
Old 01-07-13, 06:14 AM
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I think that a strong caution is in order first:

Choose your actions VERY carefully! I know it's a church and all... BUT stuff happens.

Consider the 'what-ifs'... you are the last person to touch that system and God forbid, something terrible happens... WHO GETS THE BLAME?

Just think about it for a minute or two and then let your wisdom speak to you.

What is the make and model of the boiler?

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