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Smokes bad when burner kicks on

Every time we use it when the burner ignites to heat water white smoke comes out the top really bad. it really stinks up our shop.

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Hey mate,

What brand of burner are you running? I am a Karcher Tech but they all work on the same principle,

Your burner is getting to much diesel/kero, most have little flow swicthes on them to tell them to pump fuel or spark when there is water present in the burner coil, if this switch is faulty or getting a faulse reading then it will tell the unit to pump fuel when it is not needed and this will cause very excessive smoke for the first few mins when the burner kicks in...

If you have the excessive smoke continuously(even after 10 mins of continous use then it is probable that your fuel pump/system is running to rich, these units need regular servicing and adjustments as fuel nozzles/components wear,

There is alot of precise adjustments and checks on these units and i would reccommend getting it checked by a qualified tech, as when there is heated fuel and spark these units can be dangerous!

Hope this helps

Regards
Brad

Posted on Feb 05, 2010

  • Sean Towers
    Sean Towers Oct 31, 2013

    to add to your list of solutions could be your a few other things, your nozzel spray, incorrect voltage and here is a big one. every time your burner is turned on it sprays fuel, and hense gets on your insulation and that can build up. so what is a cheap way to start out is to pull your core. and redo the insulation, which is pretty cheap. i have done it in just a few short hours!

  • Stephen Cowley
    Stephen Cowley Jan 07, 2014

    Sean - would you be able to walk me through how to pull the core and change the insulation? Or could you direct me to some resources that do that?

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