Author Topic: Please help me get heat.  (Read 1164 times)


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Please help me get heat.
« on: February 15, 2020, 03:37:53 PM »
I have an oil heater and foolishly allowed it to run out of oil.  I'm trying to bleed the oil pump to restart it, but nothing is happening. I've never done any HVAC maintenance before. Can anyone offer troubleshooting advice?

Updates: I've hit the reset button about a thousand times with no luck.

I'm trying to attach pictures but getting error messages
« Last Edit: February 15, 2020, 04:53:15 PM by intellectsucks »


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Re: Please help me get heat.
« Reply #1 on: February 15, 2020, 05:01:32 PM »
Further troubleshooting: took off the filter and cleaned inside. Trying to see if oil will come out of the open filter cannister to check if there is a clog in the line from the tank into the house. No oil is coming out while the shut off valve is in open position, even when hitting the reset button.  Oil should be draining into the can in the attached picture correct?

UPDATE AGAIN: Is it a truly awful idea to try to siphon some heating oil out of the bleeder valve using a pump?

FINAL UPDATE: after taking a really careful look at the bleeder valve, it turns out that there I was unscrewing the HOUSING that the actual valve sits in, not the bleeder valve. Unscrewed the actual valve and got it up and running in about five minutes.
« Last Edit: February 15, 2020, 09:58:24 PM by intellectsucks »

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Re: Please help me get heat.
« Reply #2 on: March 20, 2020, 12:52:26 PM »
Congrats on perservering and working it out.


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Re: Please help me get heat.
« Reply #3 on: March 20, 2020, 01:58:10 PM »
A mustachian win! Glad you figured it out.