The air has turned crisper, with the hint of aging tree foliage in the atmosphere and cooler temperatures when the sun falls. This means that winter is not far away, and as a homeowner, this also means it is time to get your oil-burning furnace prepared for the long winter ahead. Oil furnaces are fairly well known for their long life spans. In fact, this is one reason why they are still desirable in spite of the fact that they are an older fashioned form of home heating. However, to continue to get the most from your oil-burning furnace every year, it is always best to get it prepared for cold weather in advance. Here are a few tips to help you out.
Check the heat system for signs of deterioration or leaks.
Do a good once over of your entire furnace system and all of the components that make it work. make sure you don't see any signs of deterioration like corroded oil delivery lines or leaking pipes. Don't be afraid to get a little dirty; some of the components can be trickier to get to than others. Checking for problems now and getting them repaired will only save you money in the long run.
Take a good look at your oil tank.
It is recommended that you frequently examine your heating oil storage tank throughout the year, but especially just before the onset of the season. Make sure there are no spots of corrosion that are weak and could lead to leaks. Check the gauge on the tank to ensure it is accurately reading fill levels inside the tank. If your tank is low on heating oil, it is a good idea to go ahead and have it filled before winter begins. Using up the last little bit of oil in a tank can lead to debris and sludge getting into the oil delivery lines. Now is also a good time to consider adding a heating oil treatment to help eliminate any of that sludge that could be hanging around.
Test the igniter and pilot light for functionality.
The igniter switch and the pilot lot commonly have to be replaced on oil-burning furnaces. This is a problem you don't want to discover when it is already cold and you need your heat. So do a test on both components to insure you don't have issues getting the fed-in oil to actually ignite and burn to power your furnace.