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Old Heating System - more OIL pls?

Looking after a place while the owners are away. Can't get hold of them at the moment - just great : (
Heating system has run out of oil so no heating or HOT water (weekend will not be warm!)
Where can I buy more from - near Zurich?
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Looking after a place while the owners are away. Can't get hold of them at the moment - just great : (
Heating system has run out of oil so no heating or HOT water (weekend will not be warm!)
Where can I buy more from - near Zurich?
No supplier stickers on the oil tank ?
Neighbours not able to advise ?
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Old 05.10.2011, 13:07
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No supplier stickers on the oil tank ?
Neighbours not able to advise ?
Sticker - had a quick look but nothing with a tel. No. Will have another look though! Thx
...no relatively close neighbours others wise I would have been syphoning it off by now ; )
Will try micros DIY then, worth a try
Thanks again
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Re: Old Heating System - more OIL pls?

Just remembering from when we had oil heating, I'm pretty sure if you have let it run out then you can't just fill the tank and all be ok, if it runs dry you have to get an engineer out to check it over / get it started again
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Just remembering from when we had oil heating, I'm pretty sure if you have let it run out then you can't just fill the tank and all be ok, if it runs dry you have to get an engineer out to check it over / get it started again
Naah, should be fine. I've run out several times at our house in France, both on an antiquated old boiler and on the new Weissmann one we replaced it with a few years back. You will need to re-ignite the burner though, which may or may not be obvious. The fuel delivery person might be able to help if it's not.

The issue with running 'dry' is that there may be some gunge at the bottom of the tank, but any system that's still running today will have a filter in place for anything big enough to block the burner jet. Our old one was ~30 years old when replaced, and it did.

Doing it many times may allow some thicker oil to get through, so the jet may be come less efficient (i.e. partially blocked) over time, but that would be picked up as long as the owners stick to an annual service regime.

Anyway, the absolute worst that could happen is that the jet is blocked so the burner won't start, and fixing that would be all an engineer would do if you called one out in the first place, so there's really no added risk.
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