A Pro's Guide: How To Maintenance An Oil Furnace

Tuesday, 10 September 2019 00:30

Is there anything more tedious than cleaning? It’s a never ending cycle of strenuous scrubbing that only lasts for so long before you have to do it all over again. At home, you may be able to push your cleaning intervals beyond their limits, but when you’re talking about equipment that has an impact on the efficiency of you business operation, it’s rarely worth the risk. Not wanting to burden your operation with bogged-down equipment does not a cleaning enthusiast make, though. You can ease the stress and strain of cleaning and maintenancing your equipment by making the right purchasing decision in the first place.

Clean Burn prides itself on having the longest cleaning interval in the industry - a marvel considering the nature of an oil furnace. You can minimize the time and energy spent cleaning your equipment without build-up and grime causing a detriment to your operation. When the time does come to clean and maintenance your oil furnace, though, you’ll want to know exactly what to do.

How Do You Know It’s Time To Maintenance Your Oil Furnace?

With any of our Clean Burn furnaces, you can anticipate cleaning every 1,000 hours. Depending on how consistently you run your furnace, you’re looking at maintenancing the equipment every 1.5 to 3 months in round numbers. If, at any point, you notice that your oil furnace is not performing at the peak levels you’ve seen in the past, you will want to consider cleaning out the furnace before putting in a call to a service technician.

With that in mind, you may be wondering: how exactly do I clean and maintenance my oil furnace? It’s not as intimidating as it may seem. To maintenance your oil furnace, here’s the steps you’ll want to follow.

Regular Maintenance For An Oil Furnace

The nature of an oil furnace means there will be a build up of ash in the combustion chamber and stacks of the furnace. To do so, turn your heater off and allow a minimum of an hour for everything to cool. We recommend using a shop vac with a flexible hose and brush attachment. First, you’ll want to clear the stacks. You can access these from the back of your furnace and use the wand attachment to get into the deepest parts of your oil furnace.

Then you’ll want to clear the combustion chamber. Be sure to disconnect the air and oil lines. The swing away door is part of what makes Clean Burn the easiest oil furnace to maintenance. Simply open the door and use a light power to vacuum out the ash.

Lastly, you’ll want to use a flue brush to thoroughly clean out any remaining ash in your oil furnace. During peak heating season, you’ll likely need to clear out the ash at least twice to maintain operational efficiency.

When To Call A Pro

While the regular maintenance for your oil furnace is relatively easy to manage on your own, certain circumstances will require the expertise of a your Clean Burn dealer. Specifically, keep an eye on the color of the ash in your oil furnace. It should be a light grey or tan color. If you notice white or black ash, this could indicate that the conditions within your combustion chamber are not ideal. You’ll want an oil furnace maintenance expert to come take a look and ensure everything is running properly. Not only will the OK from a pro give you piece of mind that your oil furnace is working as efficiently as possible, but you’ll also reduce your risk of disaster from a fire due to soot build-up or a less-than-ideal combustion environment.

Another thing to keep an eye out for when cleaning your oil furnace is rust. If you’re noticing rust, especially in the flues, it could be a sign that the oil you’re burning is contaminated, which can cause problems long-term with your oil furnace. Your local Clean Burn distributor will be able to help you with any of these problems you may notice when you go to maintenance your oil furnace.

Annual Check-Ups With Your Dealer

While most of the maintenance for your oil furnace can be handled without the need for professional help, you will want to have an authorized technician come take a look at your furnace on an annual basis. Just like you’d take your car in for a tune-up, having an experience technician come ensure everything is working properly will help you get the most from your oil furnace.

The Comprehensive Guide On How To Maintenance Your Oil Furnace

Clean Burn prides itself on having the longest cleaning intervals in the industry. This makes it easy for owners to take care of their equipment and keep everything running efficiently. Whether you’re in the market for an oil furnace and are worried about the upkeep or you own a Clean Burn and just need some guidance to clean and maintenance your oil furnace properly, we’ve got your back.

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