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Old 04-18-2009, 02:42 PM   #1
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furnace now working

We have an '86 Excella 500, 32 foot we bought last fall. The furnace started once for us before the very cold temps hit so we couldn't do any repairs we wanted to get at thru the winter.
We got the furnace working--finally. I decided to replace the regulator and when I took the original one off, a lot of thick oil like liquid poured out. I guess the oil kept the gas from flowing , in volume, to the furnace but allowed the gas to the stove. I don't know where this oil came. All I know is--now the furnace is working great.
I just wish I had thought of this earlier.
So, if your furnace is not working but the burners will fire--check the regulator-- this may need to be replaced.
I hope this helps.
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Old 04-18-2009, 03:22 PM   #2
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I have not heard of oil in the gas regulator. Thanks for the advice. I'd be curious to find out how the oil got there.
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The oil can be residue from a (less than perfect) refining process that can build up in cylinders and get pushed with vapor through the lines, where it sticks in regulators and the like. Gooey, sticky stuff, but not very common. I'd just as soon that it stay in the regulator than have it make it through to the furnace, where gooey stuff could be more expensive to clean up.

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When the cold weather hit us, it must have made the oil so thick so the gas wasn't able to pass to the furnace and the furnace would not light. There was about 4 ozs of this oil.
Just wanted to let others know what I found and the fault in my furnace not lighting. I have read about others having to remove the furnace for cleaning, etc. when it might have been the regulator all along.
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Did your hotwater heater and cook top /stove work before? and your furnance did not? and now everything works?
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Yes, the water heater would fire right up and all 4 burners would light but the furnace would only blow cold. Now, it works great. I can't ask the people we bought from as we don't know where they are and I doubt they would know where this oil came from.
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