Three Things To Know About Owning An Oil Burning Heating System

11 July 2017
 Categories: Construction & Contractors, Blog

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When you are needing to keep your home warm and cozy despite the temperature outside being extremely low, an oil burning  heating system can be a highly efficient way of ensuring your house is kept comfortable as efficiently as possible. Keeping your home's oil burning heating system in optimal condition does not have to be a difficult challenge if you are well-informed about these systems.

Appreciate The Role Of The Burner's Flue

Heating oil is an extremely cost-efficient way of warming a house, but it can produce dangerous fumes as a byproduct of being burned. Venting these fumes from your home is necessary to prevent these gases from increasing to dangerous levels. The system's flue will be instrumental in allowing these gases to leave the house. This makes the flue one of the most important safety components of the system, and it should be inspected and cleaned every year to prevent it from clogging with soot accumulations or due to animals building nests.

Check The Nozzle

To maximize the efficiency and safety of the system, it is necessary for the burner to be able to regulate the amount of oil that is being ignited. An adjustable nozzle can be a great way of being able to control the heat output of your system. However, individuals that fail to regularly clean these nozzles will notice that their system experiences a gradual decrease in heat output. When you are checking to ensure the nozzle is clean of oil residue, you should also look for signs of corrosion as this can eventually allow oil to leak out the sides of the nozzle by creating holes in the metal and seals. Once an oil burning nozzle has become corroded, it will have to be replaced to be repaired.

Be Familiar With The Emergency Shutoff Procedure

Oil burning heating systems are normally extremely safe and reliable. Yet, these systems can suffer some malfunctions that may pose safety risks. For example, you may find that the system is suffering a serious oil leak that needs to be immediately stopped or you may smell an unusual burning odor. If these issues start to arise with your system, you will need to immediately turn it off and stop the flow of oil to the system. To do this, there is an emergency shutoff lever or button that you can press. Training everyone that lives in your home to be able to use the emergency shutoff system can ensure that the damage from these issues is limited.