How to Prime an Oil Burner if the oil tank ran dry.
Find the bleeder port on the oil pump. Most ports look like the bleeder valve on the brake system of a car.  And on some oil pumps there may be a hex shaped nut.   Loosen the bleeder port counter clockwise 2 full turns.   Or if instead you have the hex nut, you must unscrew this all the way off. ( Use either a 7/16 th or 3/8th wrench.)
Hold a can or bucket directly in front of the bleeder port or removed nut. 
Make sure that the can or bucket can hold up to at least a pint of fuel oil.
With the can or bucket firmly in place, turn on the power to the oil burner. If the burner did not come on then  find the reset button and press it in. The reset button is normally located on a control on the smoke stack or on a control someplace on the heating system.  The reset button is almost always red.  Oil should begin to start spitting and spraying into the can or bucket.  When there is a steady flow of oil going into the can or bucket,( aprox. 30 seconds ) shut the power off to the oil burner and either tighten up the bleeder port or replace the nut right away before oil syphons back to the oil tank.  Be fast !!
Wait a few minutes before going to the next step to give the relay time to recycle.  While your waiting it might be a good time to clean up any oil or mess you may of made.  You can pour the oil back into the oil tank from the fill on the outside of the house. Kitty litter is great for cleaning up oil spills.
Turn the power back on and the burner should start up right away.  If it doesn't start right away then press the reset button ONCE MORE.
Make sure that there is a flame going on inside the heating system.  If there is no flame then you will have to go through the above steps once more.  There may of been some air left in the oil line or you were not fast enough closing the bleeder valve or hex nut.
If after 3 attempts and the burner still does not light up, then you are going to need a service person to correct the problem.  When a burner runs an oil tank dry, it pulls back lots of dirt and sludge that can plugg a nozzle, oil pump or the oil line. Try not to let the oil tank get much lower than an 1/8 of a tank.  Oil run outs ruin more oil pumps then any other reason.
You should be up and running now.  If not, give me a call.  Maybe we can work it out over the telephone or I will have to come by and take care of it for you. 781-883-4122
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