oil furnace technician Long IslandYou just moved to a new home which has an oil furnace, and you never had an oil furnace before. Here are some things you need to know about oil heat.

  • Heating oil is one of the most effective ways to heat your home. Oil has a great energy potential and new oil heat systems are highly effective.
  • Heating oil systems are the safest way to heat your home. There is nothing that can explode, and if the oil tank is located on a proper place there’s no risk of fire either.
  • Oil heat systems do require maintenance and it’s essential. Annual check-up is the key maintenance task. This includes inspection, cleaning, tuning up and replacement of some parts such as filters and nozzles as needed. Properly maintained oil heat systems can last for up to 20 years.
  • Heating oil is delivered by truck to the oil tank in your home or yard. There are two options to buy heating oil: cash on delivery (COD) and seasonal delivery contract.  The first option is the cheapest but you need to have enough cash to pay for the amount of oil you ordered each time. With a delivery contract, you agree on a price or a price range before the season starts. The supplier guarantees that you will always have enough oil and will estimate your consumption to schedule your oil deliveries timely. The best way to find the lowest heating oil price would be to visit a price comparison website such as HeatingOilExpress.com and see prices from multiple heating oil dealers in your area.

This is what to do 

Step 1. You’ll need to familiarize yourself with your oil heating system basics. First, you need to determine whether you have an oil furnace or a boiler. An oil furnace is a device which burns oil to heat duct air. Ducts deliver hot air to registers in your rooms. Another type of oil heating system is a boiler. Instead of air, boiler heats up circulating water which is pumped through pipes to radiators. Some oil heat systems also heat hot water.

Step 2. Determine how much oil is still in the tank. Tanks should never be empty, even if the property is put on sale. If your tank is less than a quarter full you should order more oil as soon as possible.

There are several ways to measure how much oil is in the tank. If you have an oil gauge, you just need to read it, but if you don’t, you need to use a dip stick or a rod and you need to know your tank dimensions.

Step 3. Make sure your emergency switch is turned on. Emergency switch is usually located at the top of the cellar stairway.

Step 4. Find out from the previous owner of the home, or the realtor through which you found that home what maintenance has been done recently. Even though annual checkup may have been done, you may still have to replace filters or clean the nozzle. You also need to know the furnace’s actual age.

Whatever the state of your oil heat system is, it’s the best to schedule an appointment for system checkup to find out if there’s something wrong with it, especially if you have never used oil heat before. The technician can also help you determine the amount of oil in your tank and give you some advice on how to get the best from your oil heat system.