When the hot summer days come to a close and winter draws closer, you’re going to want to turn your HVAC system on to bring comfort to your home. Your heating oil furnace keeps you comfortable, but it also keeps you safe from extremely cold temperatures in the winter.
When your heating oil furnace and tank aren’t properly taken care of, its efficiency is impacted. Keeping your oil tank and furnace cleaned and well-maintained is essential for preventing problems while it works to keep you warm in the winter.
You will want to have maintenance performed on your furnace at different times of the year because each type of maintenance serves its unique purpose. The different types of maintenance include:
It’s best to hire a professional to perform maintenance and cleanings on your furnace. They have the expert knowledge that allows them to ensure your furnace is performing efficiently and effectively. You’re also less likely to damage your furnace when you hire a professional, and you’ll save time and money by getting it right the first time.
Each type of maintenance needs to be performed at different intervals to ensure your furnace is functional through the winter season. The frequency of your maintenance will also depend on various factors.
Preventative heating oil maintenance should be performed at least once a year to determine if any of your furnace components need to be replaced or upgraded. The best time to perform this type of maintenance is before the winter season when you’re going to be using your furnace the most. You’ll want to know that you can rely on your furnace when the cold weather rolls around. If you use your furnace more often in a colder environment, you may want to schedule maintenance every six months.
It’s best to hire a professional to perform preventative maintenance because they’re equipped with the knowledge to determine whether or not you need an upgrade. They’ll also give you the reassurance that your furnace is operating as it should.
Reactive maintenance only needs to be performed when required. When something breaks down or needs to be replaced, the reaction is to repair the damage or order new parts. There’s no need to have a regular schedule for this type of maintenance.
Scheduled cleaning should also be performed annually before the start of the winter season. This removes any buildup and ensures your furnace is ready to use. However, some people live in areas where there’s cold weather for more than just a single season. Prolonged use of your furnace may call for two cleanings a year to remove buildup and keep your furnace in good condition.
You might be able to clean a furnace on your own without the need for a technician. However, if it’s been a long time since your furnace has been cleaned or you’re not exactly sure what you’re doing, hiring a professional is the best course of action. In addition to ensuring the cleaning is performed correctly, a professional can do a thorough job and determine if any additional problems exist once the cleaning is complete.
Changing your oil tank filter regularly will help your heating system last longer, saving you time and money in the future. Debris and particle buildup can prevent your oil tank from working efficiently, impacting your home’s comfort levels.
Generally, you should replace your oil tank filters at least once a year. The best time to change the filter is in the fall, right before the temperature starts to drop. Add it to a to-do list for your chores around the house, so it’s easier to remember. Replacing your filters in the fall allows you to prepare your furnace for the colder months.
If you don’t change your oil tank filter until the end of the season, your filter may become so clogged that you won’t be able to use your oil tank when you need it most.
Furnace filters protect your indoor air quality and your furnace by trapping particles. When you don’t change your filter, these particles won’t be trapped and can impact the quality of your health. If someone in your home struggles with a respiratory condition, such as asthma or allergies, a dirty filter will worsen their condition.
In general, you should change your furnace filter every three months, but some factors may require more frequent replacements, such as:
If any of these factors apply to your home, you should start by changing your filter at least once every two months. If your furnace filter still seems to get dirty quickly and you see no improvements, you can start changing your filter once every month. Changing your filter frequently will help improve the air quality in your home for individuals who have respiratory conditions as well.
A clean filter also allows for better airflow through the furnace, which helps it work more efficiently. This can help to prolong the lifespan of your system since it won’t have to work as hard when it is running.
While annual maintenance is a general rule, various factors will change the maintenance frequency of your oil furnace. These factors do not apply to every homeowner, but it’s essential to consider each of these carefully to determine if you need to adjust the details of your maintenance schedule:
Some people think that the only time maintenance is needed is when a problem occurs. While reactive maintenance is important, having a consistent service schedule can prevent issues before they happen.
There are other benefits to regularly servicing your heating oil furnace, including:
A regular maintenance schedule will also help make your furnace last as long as possible. You’ll get the best out of your investment if you perform regular service.
Shipley Energy believes that heating your home should be easy. We’ve been providing our clients with fast and reliable service for over 90 years. With our 24/7 service on any day of the year, you can rest assured that we have all of your heating oil needs covered.
Choose from one of our many service plans to add protection to your furnace and tank. You can rely on our technicians to provide you with friendly and knowledgeable service. Get in contact with our team today to get started.