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A Vulcan series 40 oil heater the switch on the side for the oil control valve wont stay on

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Lever has a spring action to it, push down is on, if you hear feint click it has turned on, same as when lifted up feint click means off. It will spring back to a centre position whether its on or off.

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Not sure wot series mine is, but has 2 thermal, non resetable fuses in it. They are plastic cased (brown) with 2 spade type terminals. You can check them with the power off if you are not confident with the mains.
Make sure it is unplugged. Pull one of the spade clips off the terminal and then check it for continuity.

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Make sure the local gas valve is on some heaters take the pilot gas before main valve.

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Mum's Vulcan oil heater was serviced.Filter changed. Always hasn't burned all the way to the ends it's standard 1 control knob. Is there a oil/air mix adjustment. Can't find online manual anywhere.


Probably needs burner pot cleaned out, common thing to do.
Its a 40 series oil heater, only had single knob, air adjust is automatically set by internal controls.
where abouts are you.
I have some parts and manuals still

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What pilot light assy. do I need to buy for model# 640y0rt4, water heater ??? please wont stay lit


check that the flame sensor is clean. It would be a stiff piece of wire that would sit right over where the pilot lite is. If it is dirty...it wont sense if there is a flame....and if it dosnt sense a flame....it wont let the pilot lite to turn on.

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Hi We recently bought a house that has an 40 series Vulcan oil heater in it. Can anyone tell me how to light it. It has a knob on top with numbers from 1 - 5 (2 being ignite). A lever on the bottom that...


Make sure the tank outside has oil ( Kerosene) in it. Check the fuel tap (under the tank) is turned on. When you press and hold the heat control button, it should ignite after a few minutes. The lever on the bottom is the fan control switch (high speed or low speed fan) Make sure that the unit is plugged into the power. If I remember correctly, a red light appears to say it is powered up on the bottom left hand side.

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Water heater burner wont light


Problem is not thermocouple:
Thermocouple should be finger-tight plus 1/4 turn
Overtightening will short thermocouple against gas control valve, and solenoid switch will not open, and no gas will reach pilot once red button is released.
Tip of thermocouple has to sit in the pilot flame.
If pilot flame will stay on, then thermocouple is good.

Problem is not solenoid switch.
The gas control valve solenoid opens and closes gas supply to gas control valve.
On mechanical gas control valve, when you push down the red button to light pilot, then you are opening the solenoid and letting gas flow into gas control valve.
When heat is applied to thermocouple, a small electric current travels to gas control valve, and this causes solenoid to stay open.
If you extinguish pilot, then no current travels to gas control, and solenoid clicks off.
You can hear it click, and this is how you test it.
However, since you are getting gas to pilot light, then the solenoid is not the problem.

This leaves 4 possible problems:
1) Bad gas control valve thermostat.
http://waterheatertimer.org/pdf/How-to-replace-water-heater-gas-valve.pdf
2) Inadequate gas pressure. Call gas company.
3) Dirty combustion parts. Clean the burner with wire brush and water.
4) Clogged air intake on FV water heaters: Rheem FV gas water heaters have glass vial that will break if combustion is slowed by clogged air intake.
http://waterheatertimer.org/How-to-repair-Rheem-TRD.html
http://waterheatertimer.org/How-to-troubleshoot-gas-water-heater.html

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Just installed a vulcan oil heater, but when you start it up it will only burn yellow flames and keeps going out and will smoke, then relight with a bang,


Sounds like you may have the wrong size tip on your oil burner. A yellow flame indicates too much fuel not enough oxygen.

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1985 Kawaski 700 Vulcan Motorcycle


depends on where you loive [weather extemes]
below zero & very hot summers i would use 0/40
average temps 10/40 wieght oil
dont mix brands stay with one always & get a good synthetic oil
no cheap stuff !
as its a good insurance policy for your investment [bike]
Cheers rob

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Bike wont stay running.


You will need to get a mechanical gauge to check for sure, but it sounds like your oil pump is not pumping enough pressure, or you have a big clearance somewhere in your motor that you are losing pressure at.

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Vulcan oil heater


1. Check electricity is on.
2. Check oil is in the tank and valve turned on.
3. Switch the fan off at the bottom left hand corner.
4. Switch oil knob to No.1.
5. Set Air knob to No.3.
6. Operate re set button (right hand corner of heater under settings dial). Either press in until it clicks or if the pull out version pull out until it clicks.

Wait - ignition should take place in a few minutes and flames will appear on the left of the burner under the radiants.

You should get occasional yellow crests above the pure blue flame just visible below the top row of burner holes under the radiants.

After the red warning light goes out you can adjust to higher settings.

The radiants do not glow on low setting.

You can adjust the heater on to higher settings but this should be done gradually - no more than 2 settings at a time.

Some warnings:

* The unit must be correctly earthed.
* Do not use anything except heater oil.
* Never attempt to re-light the heater when it is hot.
* If the red light does not appear when the oil knob is switched on, immediately turn the oil knob off. Reasons include: Heater is too hot; Electric plug turned off; failure of ignition system.

Good luck - no responsibility taken for the advice (but it is largely copied from my Vulcan heaters instruction manual which I still have (installed in 1967).

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