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September 17, 2015

Maintenance Tips for your Clean Burn waste oil furnaces and waste oil boilers

Why you should get your waste oil tank cleaned this summer:
Spring cleaning is all the rage, but Summer is the best time to get your waste oil storage tank cleaned. Why? Because cleaning the tank won’t interfere with keeping your shop warm on a cold day! We recommend you contact your local waste oil hauler to have them empty and clean your tank this summer. Please make sure your waste oil hauler does a thorough job – it is essential that all of the sludge is removed from the bottom of the tank.

It is also a good idea to establish a waste oil management program for your employees to help them understand the importance of keeping the waste oil supply clean. Contaminants such as anti-freeze, sludge, chlorine and water in your waste oil storage tank can all adversely affect the operation of your Clean Burn waste oil heater, or can cause serious and expensive damage. At the very least, when these items appear in your waste oil supply, you may need to call Eco Heating Systems for a service call to correct the problem. Keep your Clean Burn happy by getting your waste oil storage tank cleaned early this summer (allowing you time to save up more oil for the heating season) and by keeping contaminants out of your oil supply!

Don’t run out of oil:
It is very important to keep sufficient fuel in your waste oil storage tank. This is the #1 one source of service calls in the winter. If you run low on oil, your Clean Burn furnace will stop running, and will lose its prime. In most cases, this will require a visit from EcoHeating Systems (and a trip charge) to restart your furnace. We recommend you keep at least 20″ of oil at all times, and never let your waste oil hauler take your oil supply below 1/2 tank during the heating season.

Avoid frozen air lines:
If you do not have operating compressed air, your Clean Burn furnace will not operate. Humidity or condensation in your shop can materialize as water inside your air compressor lines. On very cold days, especially if your air lines are outside, or along a non-insulated exterior wall; your airline can freeze. There are two things you can do to prevent water in your air lines. 1) install air dryers on your air compressor system and make sure the air dryers are operating. 2) install an automatic water eliminator at the air compressor. Eco Heating Systems can provide a quotation to install an automatic water eliminator if you are having problems with water in your compressed air lines.

Acceptable Fuels for your Clean Burn heater:
Crankcase oil, Transmission Fluid, New Fuel Oils #2, #4 & #5, Synthetic Used Oil, Hydraulic Fluid (up to 90 weight), Diesel Oil and Diesel Fuel (new or used)

Get your preventative maintenance:
Your waste oil heater needs regular maintenance, just as a car needs regular oil changes and preventative maintenance. Depending on the type of fuel you burn, and how many hours you use your furnace each heating season, you will need to have your furnace cleaned out approximately every 700 -1000 hours. We recommend you have your furnace cleaned out in the spring or summer when you can save money on our Early Bird cleaning specials!

The blower (fan) on burner runs constantly: 
If you have any of the following models: CB-2800, CB-1400, CB-3500, CB-5000 or CB-Saturn—then the fan switch on the fan limit control (the white button on the fan limit control) has been accidentally pushed in. This button should be pulled OUT. The fan limit control is located above and just to the left of your burner.

About Block Flushing your waste oil burner 
Clean Burn has designed a Block Flusher that will clean the carbon build-up from the pre-heater block inside the waste oil burner. Regular furnace maintenance and block flushing is very important to keep the nozzle and burner components clean so that the burner can fire efficiently and prolong your furnace life span. We recommend you have your burner block flushed once a year, or every 1000 hours. Eco Heating Systems will inspect your furnace at your regularly scheduled periodic maintenance appointment to determine if block flushing is required. 
If you service your own waste oil heater, you may call us at 866-888-1103 to schedule a block flush.

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