How to Troubleshoot a Beckett Oil-Fired Boiler


A Becket oil burner is used as a heating source for a number of household appliances, including a boiler. A Beckett oil-fired boiler will usually last for years without problems. However, if your unit does not turn on or appears to be operating below capacity, there are a few steps you can take to attempt to troubleshoot the problem.

Things You'll Need

  • Voltmeter
  • Check that there is power going to the system. Along with making sure that the electrical cord is plugged in and checking all breakers and fuses, you can use a voltmeter to make sure that power is actually getting to the unit. A voltmeter connects directly to the electrical system and provides an accurate reading as to how many volts are running through the device or outlet.

  • Check to make sure that the oil tank has sufficient fuel.

  • Check to make sure that the unit is turned on and that the emergency switch has not been turned off.

  • Push the red reset button once, holding it down for one second. This is a small button generally located on the top right side of the unit. Make sure that you do not push the reset button more than once.

  • Check the fuel filter. If you have not replaced the filter for some time, it may be clogged, in which case you will need to replace it.

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