Oil Furnace Maintenance & Service
Heating with oil is generally trouble free and convenient. However oil furnaces are machines and do require annual maintenance to remain trouble free and operating efficiently. Martin Heating & Cooling can help. Oil burning furnaces operate by mixing fuel with air and igniting it on a combustion chamber. Air is blown around the exterior of the hot chamber and into your heating ducts. These components must be inspected and repaired periodically for optimal functioning.
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Without a yearly cleaning and inspection by Martin Heating & Cooling, an oil furnace will fall into disrepair and may suddenly stop working, usually on a cold night when your family needs it most. Worse yet, clogs or leaks in the furnace exhaust system could vent deadly carbon monoxide into your home. For this reason, any home with oil heat should have a carbon monoxide detector installed in addition to smoke detectors.
Annual oil furnace service by Martin Heating & Cooling generally consists of the following:
Changing the oil filter – Oil naturally contains impurities that settle and clump over time which sooner or later would clog the fuel intake on your furnace. An oil filter removes this sludge. However after about a year, the filter needs to be replaced to continue allowing the fuel oil to flow freely.
Cleaning the pump filter – Should any large contaminates make it past the oil filter, the oil is filtered one more time just before it is pumped into the combustion chamber. This pump filter should be inspected and cleaned as needed.
Cleaning the combustion chamber – Fire makes soot. Over time soot builds up in your oil furnace's combustion chamber. Over time this soot will corrode the chamber walls and decrease your furnace efficiency. As part of an oil furnace annual service Martin Heating & Cooling brushes the soot from chamber walls and vacuums it with an industrial shop vac.
Inspecting and cleaning the flue pipe – Over time soot also builds up on flue pipe walls, restricting exhaust flow and corroding the metal. Without cleaning, soot will combine with moisture to create acids that create holes in your flue pipe allowing exhaust gases, including carbon monoxide, to vent into your home. Proper flue pipe inspection by Martin Heating & Cooling checks for leaks in your flue pipe to keep your family safe.
Changing the air filter – The air filter on your oil furnace removes dust and pollen from the air before it is blown throughout your home. Over time, air filter become clogged, which makes your furnace work harder to move air, thereby decreasing efficiency. As part of every cleaning, Martin Heating & Cooling replaces your furnace's air filter.
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