oil filter connection leaking

foodonastumpApril 1, 2012

The fitting on the "out" side of my oil burner's filter (westwood) has had a slow drip since day one. No luck getting the installer to take care of it so I figured I'd give it a shot on my own before calling someone else for service. Can/should any type of sealant be used on the threads?

While I'm at it, anything else I need to know beyond common sense like turn off the oil valve and how to prime the burner which I have to do every time I run out of oil? :)

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brickeyee

"Can/should any type of sealant be used on the threads? "

That depends on what type of connection was used.

Oil lines are often flare connections, so try giving the nut a turn.

    Bookmark   April 2, 2012 at 10:22AM
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foodonastump

Thanks. The copper tubing connects to a brass fitting, and then the brass fitting screws into the cast iron top. Here's a picture, maybe not the exact model, but it's where the brass screws into the red CI that's leaking.

    Bookmark   April 2, 2012 at 12:45PM
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brickeyee

Any pipe dope rated for WOG (water, oil, gas).

    Bookmark   April 2, 2012 at 2:36PM
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foodonastump

That's what I needed to know - Thanks!!!

    Bookmark   April 2, 2012 at 3:08PM
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