Miller fuel oil furnace cleaning


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Old 10-10-22, 12:15 PM
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Miller fuel oil furnace cleaning

I called my local HVAC guy. He sent a couple young guys to clean my furnace . One was still in high school. The only thing they did was blow out my reusable air filter, clean the drawer assembly, change the nozzle, and check the air. When I asked if they vacuum the furnace they said no that it's too much trouble and that would involve gaskets. Shouldn't they have done more than what they did? Thanks!
oh yeah, the kid didn't even unplug the burner, I noticed it and unplugged it for him!
 
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Old 10-10-22, 12:38 PM
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We only do burner cleaning /nozzle change and fuel filter/screen change. Heat exchanger cleaning would be if needed an extra cost. My general maintance can be done in an hour if cleaned yearly. heat exchanger cleaning would be at least an other hour
 
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Old 10-10-22, 12:42 PM
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Why unplug the burner wire? As long as the power switch was off However The burner plug would get unplugged when opening up the burner door. for inspection / Cleaning
 
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Old 10-10-22, 12:52 PM
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Wouldn't you unplug the burner before working on it? He was about to remove the drawer assembly and such. The thermostat was turned to around 70 degrees.
 
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Old 10-10-22, 01:05 PM
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I know when I have had any other HVAC company come clean my furnace they: changed the pump screen, changed the nozzle, blew out the air filter, removed the burner and vacuumed out the combustion chamber , replaced the burner gasket, checked the air, and did a smoke test. However, they did charge $170. Not sure what these guys will charge me.
 
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Old 10-10-22, 02:09 PM
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I work on oil burners only in an emergency.
Oil burners need to be cleaned once a year.... period. Preferably at the beginning of the season.
Many oil companies offer "turn ups" that are near useless.

I recommend to my customers to find a good tech or plumber and have the same guy come every year.
 
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I agree! Good answer! I remember my pal Grady on here explaining an actual furnace cleaning years ago and it involved a lot!
 
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Old 10-11-22, 05:07 PM
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I got my bill today for the "cleaning ". What a joke this is! I stood right there when they worked on my furnace. It may just be a standard bill they send to a customer that has a fuel oil burner. The bill was for $179.95. I wouldn't have a problem with this had they actually done the work that the bill says they did. I stood right there and talked with them and the the bill says they vacuumed the combustion chamber, heat exchanger, and vent pipe. They specifically told me they don't vacuum furnaces when they do a cleaning. The guy also said they don't carry parts in their van., lol.. They don't carry a $4 oil burner gasket!? The bill also says they changed the pump strainer, which they didn't. It also says they changed the fuel filter. I don't have a fuel filter. What a joke this turned out to be. What would you guys do if you were me?
 
 

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