ran out of oil and now furnace doesnt operate

Old 10-29-11, 03:06 PM
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ran out of oil and now furnace doesnt operate

i have an oil furnace last wk it worked, ran out of oil, i got more and wont start. i went down and pushed the reset button and it turned on for 10-15 sec then shut off. any suggestions
Old 10-29-11, 04:50 PM
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I believe there is a process involved. The oil pros will be on shortly to help.

They will as if the oil line is single or dual?

Plus I believe you will need to replace the filter. May have got some crude clogging it.

Then possibly purge the system of air.

Here are generic instructions. But the pros may have other ideas.

How to Restart a Furnace After Running out of Oil: 10 steps

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I know one thing for sure, is that you DON'T want to over do the rest button. My furnace stop working one day. My wife kept pushing the reset trying to get it to go, it won't lite. When I got home I checked it out, the contacts that make the spark to lite it, were car-boned up, and to far apart for a good spark. I cleaned the contacts, and reset the gap. Turn the power back on, and blew the rain cap off the exhaust stack. I though I was dead, I was kneeling right in front of the furnace, the burner inspection door was flapping open and closed, flames were shooting out, and my ears were still ringing from the bang. And I had no were to run, the furnace might have been like 3 ft from the wall, I was boxed in. It's funny now, but it wasn't at the time.

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