Cleaning an oil burner How to prepare your vacuum cleaner for work

Cleaning an oil burner How to prepare your vacuum cleaner for work

So you think you want to clean this oil furnace or an oil-fired boiler itself. You’ve watched the service guy do it and you really didn’t think it looked that hard. Run the hose of your service vacuum into the chamber and all the soot is blown everywhere! Oh, what did he have that you don’t have there?

When cleaning a liquid-fueled appliance, you must remember that the dust created by the appliance is very fine and will simply pass through the filters that are standard on most shop vacuums. You’ll have to go to the store and find some special equipment to catch all that fine black dirt. Very easy to find if you know what to look for.

Most vacuums have a foam filter on a cage that holds the ball in wet/dry vacuums or a cage that holds the foam filter in dry vacuums only. When shopping for your new filters, look for the paper filter and the ring that holds the filter paper onto the cage. This filter is actually your second stage of protection. To really help, you need to get your first stage.

The first stage is a paper filter bag that fits over the inlet to your tank. These bags come in different sizes depending on the size of your vacuum cleaner. You take the bag and carefully place it in the tank, making sure that the neck of the bag is placed firmly over the inlet of the tank. This bag will catch most of the dust and make it very easy to contain and dispose of.

You are now ready to clean your oil furnace or boiler like a pro. As long as you keep everything dry, you’ll be fine. Moisture or water will make a hole in the bag and filter, ruining any chance of properly filtering the incoming air. Also remember that you are filtering through a fairly fine media and it will clog up pretty quickly. You may need to change the bag and filter several times to complete a job.

One last thing for you guys. If you plan to use the vacuum cleaner that your wife uses for her daily cleaning, you may want to reconsider. After you’re done with it and you have black soot all over the nozzle and so you’ll be sleeping in the doghouse if your wife goes to use it and ends up with black on something good of hers. You have already been warned. Don’t blame me for anything that happens to you as a result of not following this warning.

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