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Oil Burner Woes
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Keewaydin    Posted 07-30-2002 at 15:13:24       [Reply]  [Send Email]
This probably isn't the best forum for this subject; maybe someone can steer me on to a more suitable one. Our oil burner man dropped in for his annual check up and told us that we've got a cracked heat exchanger in our hot air furnace and would have to get a new furnace. Not only that but we'd have to get our chimney lined because in this state they can't hook a new furnace up to an unlined chimney. The furnace is a Williams (or Williamson?) Tempomatic Serial #B8513235. This company went out of business and is now apparently merged into the Thermoflo Co. According to our man they cannot supply the heat exchanger we need. Anyone out there that knows anything about this subject? Thx


Jim    Posted 12-07-2008 at 18:42:06       [Reply]  [Send Email]
I have a Williamson Temp-O-Matic Model T164-10-1 with a cracked cumbustion chamber liner. During recent servicing was told the company is out of business and furnace needs to be replaced. It's running fine, but told the liner "might cave in on itself, never know when". ???

Were you able to get replacement Williamson parts?

Can one of these fibre liners be cemented and/or patched with ceramic wool and some kind of furnace cement?

Thanks.


rick    Posted 12-09-2003 at 09:08:34       [Reply]  [Send Email]
your guy is full of it! williamson/thermoflo is still in bussiness and I'm sure you can get any parts you need. craked heat exchanger is old scam. do you smell burning oil fumes in house?


Jason Master oil Tech    Posted 07-31-2007 at 19:30:09       [Reply]  [No Email]
Full of crap? I would not say that, It is impossable for any of us to comment on whether the tech is correct without seeing it ourselves. Scam I think not! A good tech will show you the cracked heat exchanger. Cracked heat exchangers that go unseen are silent killers. They can sometimes go undetected between and I stress yearly "Yearly cleanings" they do not have to smell. (Co) Carbon Monoxide is an oderless, colorless,and tasteless Gas that kills. If your not sure or do not trust the techs experiance and training. Maybe get a second opinion and ask to see the crack!


lee    Posted 01-23-2005 at 09:29:14       [Reply]  [Send Email]
does anyone happen to know who is the CEO for Williamson-Thermoflo Co? Thanks. Lee


bill bva    Posted 07-30-2002 at 17:27:58       [Reply]  [No Email]

i have some knowledge on the subject . the cracked heat exchanger can be repaired but most welders don't want the liabilatity . to replace the heat exchanger usually costs nearly as much as a new furnace .


Jason Master oil tech    Posted 07-31-2007 at 19:12:09       [Reply]  [No Email]
Depends on what State you live in. In Maine It is illegal to weld a heat exchanger unless you get the Manufacturer to re-certify the appliance. This would be very costly and would not be a cost saving measure.


Bob /Ont.    Posted 07-30-2002 at 17:24:37       [Reply]  [Send Email]
They all like to tell you that, look for a number to phone at the new co and see if they have one. I went through that and decided to tell him they had one before I let him start lieing to me. It is more work to change a heatexchanger than put in a new furnace and takes some skill too. Sorry to dump on the furnace guys but I only know one good one in four I have dealt with. Take their word for nothing.
Later Bob


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