Usually our technicians service your heating system once per year, at least that is what we recommend. During the rest of the year, you should be keeping an eye on the system. While this sounds daunting, it really is quite simple, because once you know what to look for, it is just a matter of being aware. So let’s look at the top 5 things that you can look for with your system.
No Leaks in the Tank or Heating System
While this may seem like a no-brainer, it is perhaps one of the most hazardous problems that you can easily present. Check the tank and burner, but also check the oil lines and connections. If you see a buildup around the fittings, you may want to have us take a look at it. Additionally, don’t poke at the leaks you find, because if the cause is rust or corrosion, it may make it worse.
No Rust or Corrosion
Basements are known to be, well…not the most glamorous parts of the house. So, often we don’t even think about having some rust down there. Yet in terms of your oil burner, you should be aware of rust and corrosion as these can lead to system failure down the road. Light rust on the surface isn’t really an immediate issue, but more progressed rust is what you want to look for. If the rust is flaking, that is a sign that you should give us a call.
Be sure to check the tank for rust as well, particularly the belly of the tank.
Be sure that your exhaust/smoke pipe is securely fitted to the unit and the ceiling. You should also not have any smoke leaking from the pipe. If you do, call us immediately to fix this. Smoke inhalation can lead to serious health issues.
Finally, we would like to remind you to keep all combustibles away from the unit. Burners can put off heat, especially older ones. Under the right circumstances, this can ignite a gas can, aerosol can, or even a cardboard box that is leaning against the unit. As a general safety guideline, keep the area around your unit clear of any storage items.