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I have a Potterton Statesman oil boiler that wont start . We've just bought the house and it had not been used for some time, we filled the tank with oil and when we first turned it on it srarted for about halr an hour then cut out (lock out) , we tryed to reset it but now it wont do a thing.

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There allot of possible problems, usually with an oil tank that has set for awhile, when you fill the tank, it stirs up debre and even water that is in the tank, caused by condensation, it is best to let it set for at least 24 hours to allow it all to settle. The oil pickup tube is usually installed 3" off of the bottom of the tank to help with this problem. Some systems have an external oil filter in the line, this will need to be checked,,, but more than likely the nozzle is fouled, causing the spray pattern to make contact with the electrodes and creating a carbon buildup and shorting them out.
If it is a 2 line fuel system, it will self bleed the air out of the line if you clean the filter, but if it is a single line system, you will need to manually bleed the line, it gets very involved. There are very few good oil men around anymore, but a good place to start would be with your oil supplier and see if they know of a good repair man,
But in the future, to save yourself allot of pain, never let the tank get below 1/3 level and let it sit for 24 hours after filling. On a old system, this is the cheapest and easiest way to avoid problems.
I know this is not what you wanted to hear, but if you have anymore questions, please contact me and please rate me.
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Paul Gibson

Posted on May 03, 2010

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