Millions of homes in America use oil-based furnaces to provide them with heat during the cold weather months. Despite that, many of these Americans are operating furnaces that have not been serviced or properly maintained for a very long time. It is very important to make sure your oil furnace is regularly serviced, or you may run into some problems when you need heat the most.
The Importance of Oil Furnace Inspections
Making sure that your oil furnace is in good condition will have a great impact on the efficiency of the oil itself. There are many benefits to using an oil furnace that is operating optimally.
Reduce Heating Oil Waste
For one thing, your oil furnace will not waste any extra oil if it is in good condition. A poorly managed oil furnace will be very inefficient in using oil. A poorly maintained oil furnace can spend over twice as much heating oil as necessary. This means that an oil furnace in good condition will not only save you much more oil but much more money as well.
Heating Oil Contamination
Another important reason to go for yearly oil furnace inspections is to avoid the dangers of oil contamination. What a proper furnace inspector will always do is examine your oil in order to detect any trace elements that can damage the quality of your oil or your machinery. Dirty oil can cause some serious issues with your tank such as excess moisture and corrosion.
Excess moisture can damage your furnace over time, particularly if your furnace is in colder than average environments. When moisture and condensation get into the inside of your furnace, this can create ruse and corrosion, which could lead to your oil furnace failing when you most need it.
Yearly Furnace Inspection Cost
While yearly furnace inspections may sound like a chore to keep up with, it really can end up saving you money. Many furnace inspections are inexpensive or sometimes included in a yearly maintenance plan. The cost of an oil furnace inspection is worth every penny, especially considering the cost of an emergency repairs should your furnace fail due to a lack of maintenance and upkeep.
How Oil Furnace Inspections Work
While there is no universal method that all inspectors follow, most oil furnace inspections will do most if not all of the following steps:
Step 1: Check for Blocks or Leaks
An important part of any furnace inspection is checking the vent system for any blocks or leaks. This is to ensure that all connections to and from the furnace are working as intended.
Step 2: Check the Furnace Wiring
The wiring of the furnace also needs to be examined for any signs of damage. The furnace’s filters also need to be checked for similar reasons, but generally these components should be examined more than once a year.
Step 3: Check Drainage System
One of the most important parts of a furnace inspection is to make sure the drainage system is not damaged or is not subject to blockage or leaking. If the drainage system is not working properly then the furnace can be at risk of moisture and corrosion damage.
Contact Van Doren Oil for Your Next Oil Furnace Inspection
Oil furnaces should always be inspected by a trusted technician or specialist that knows how to examine your furnace with a fine-tooth comb. Our specialists at Van Doren Oil has years of experience with heating furnaces and will be able to give the most in-depth inspections to make sure your furnaces are in perfect condition.
Can you remember the last time your furnace was inspected? If not, contact us today to schedule your next oil furnace inspection.