Regular maintenance of your oil furnace is essential for keeping it running efficiently and ensuring good air quality. Neglecting to service your oil furnace regularly can lead to breakdowns, decreased energy efficiency and safety risks such as increased CO2 emissions in your home. Taking the time to properly maintain your system every spring will extend its lifespan and save you money in repairs down the road.
Continue reading as Thomas J. Fannon & Sons lists some steps to protect your oil furnace this spring.
Steps to Take to Maintain Your Oil Furnace
Change the Filter
Whether it’s an air conditioner or an oil furnace, replacing the filter regularly is important. A dirty or clogged filter can strain your HVAC system, leading to higher energy bills and potential damage to the furnace. To avoid such problems and help improve indoor air quality, change your oil furnace filter every one to three months.
Check the Blower Belt
A loose or damaged blower belt can cause your furnace to malfunction or stop working altogether. Check the belt for cracks, fraying, or excessive slack and replace it if necessary.
Clean the Combustion Chamber
Over time, soot and debris can accumulate in the combustion chamber. This problem can affect the efficiency of your furnace. Fortunately, you can remove any buildup by simply using a brush or vacuum.
Check the Flue Pipe
The flue pipe carries exhaust gases away from your furnace. Make sure it is properly connected and free from any obstructions.
Test the Safety Switch
The safety switch is a critical component of your furnace’s operation. It is designed to shut off the furnace if it detects any problems. Test the switch regularly to ensure it is functioning properly.
Need Help Taking Care of Your Oil Furnace?
If you need assistance with these steps, turn to Thomas J. Fannon & Sons today. With over 45 years of industry experience, our certified and experienced technicians can provide comprehensive HVAC solutions. We will help ensure the continued performance of your home’s oil furnace all year round. Our team also offers ductless split systems for those hard-to-heat spaces. For consultations or estimates, call (703) 549-5700 or fill out our contact form.