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mvidler

02:53AM | 02/27/03
Member Since: 02/26/03
4 lifetime posts
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I've got a 4 year old Brock oil furnace that hasn't given us any problems for 3 winters now. I've occasionally (about 3 times) had to press the red reset button over the last 3 years, but I've now got a problem.

I have to reset the furnace constantly to get it to run. It'll run about 5-10 minutes then shut off. The only other time I had this problem was when I tried to hook up a digital thermostat.

I've got an isolation relay, if that'll help, but I'd like some advice on what could be wrong.

Thanks,

Mark

mvidler

05:40AM | 02/27/03
Member Since: 02/26/03
4 lifetime posts
I've had it professionally serviced every year. The last servicing was in October. I have a call in to the service guys, but I was hoping that there was something I could do.

Mark

behappynewsman

06:21PM | 12/26/04
Member Since: 07/27/04
7 lifetime posts
other than occasional helpful tips from some good people, the most that you will get from this site is responses from the so-called 'heatpro' who must sit at his computer all day and advise everyone that they need to call a pro. Don't let his unhelpful advice cause you to give up. There are plenty of HELPFUL sites out there that really are giving safe, intelligent and EXPERT advice. You may just have to do what I did and that is to just look a little harder.

Without an open mind, there is little room to think.

cellarwater

02:54PM | 12/27/04
Member Since: 12/09/03
175 lifetime posts
When was the last time this unit was checked out by a burner tech? There could be a multitude of problems causing it to lock-out. Most common a plugged oil line. Second most common the transformer is weak. I'd call an oil company & have them look at it. C.

behappynewsman

04:37AM | 12/28/04
Member Since: 07/27/04
7 lifetime posts
the unit was just installed last winter by a pro and the tenants let it run out of oil and then moved out. the house has been empty since then. I went back last week, filled the tank and began to prime the unit. The first time I reset the unit, I got nothing, so I disconnected the line, blew out a lot of crud and reconnected the line. After resetting the unit the unit twice more, I got a air/oil mixture (more oil than air) and the unit shut down again and would not reset. It is flashing the original code that it was flashing the previous times that I reset it. I assumed that I had pressed the reset it too many times but there are only two fault codes listed in the manual and it does not state how to clear them.

I found a site over the week-end that lists fault codes (and how to reset them) on an Armstong unit very similar to mine but not exactly the same. I'm going to give it a shot and see what I come up with but if there is someone out there that is willing to loosen there death grip on these very secretive codes, I would still like to have them.

I am 99% sure that this problem is related to it running out of oil/pushing reset too many times and I will not pay the guy who installed the unit a minimum $85 service call just to reset the code. Especially after what he charged me to install it. I agreed to his price before hand even though I used to install them myself for half that. However, what he charged me for the installation is not an issue.

I will not pay to have this unit reset simply because it insults my intelligence because I know my 10 year old could do it if he had the SECRET CODES. (he has been trained very well by the way).

Oddly enough, it would not insult my intelligence to cut off my nose in spite of my face and spend $300 replacing every electrical control on the unit if it came to that.

Heatpro, I am a pretty nice fellow and I do very much agree with most of what you have to say regarding safety, special equipment, special knowledge, PREVENTIVE MAINTENANCE and the like. The things I don't agree with are not even worth making an issue out of them so I apologize for coming off as such a big _ _ _hole. Anyway, thanks for your input. I just hope that the codes that I already have will take care of the problem this morning. Al

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