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My oil burner is leaving fumes in the house after ignition. Heat exchanger seems ok, and servicemen have tuned, adjusted dampers on chimney, but still have the smell of fumes. anyone have an idea on a solution? Thank you in advance

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In general if you have upgraded the house with new drywall, siding or other thermal products you have lost some air intake for the old drafty house. The solution to that is to install a damper door on the chimney close to the oil burner. This allows the chimney to intake air from the house to help move the exhaust gases up the chimney.
Also i would strongly suggest having the chimney checked for a birds nest or obstruction.
If you haven't made any home improvements i would suggest that you have a leaking fuel nozzle that is not igniting fuel right away and flooding the chamber.
Best suggestions is that if you can check the chimney and it's clear I recommend calling a service technician for proper repairs.

Posted on Oct 16, 2013


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