No matter what fuel you choose for heating, your system will have a burner or furnace as its core component. It is a device which releases heat from the fuel, and needs to be constructed in a way which does it on the most efficient way and there are many parts in it. This fact makes the burner the most expensive device in your whole heating system and possibly even in your entire home.

Oil Burner Prices

Burner prices range from about $1500 to $8000 which depends on their power, brand, technology, warranty etc. This is still lower than the price of equivalent gas burners and also longer lasting – if properly maintained.

Recommended oil burner setup

Recommended oil burner setup

Some of the more popular oil burner brands on the market are Columbia Boiler/Pottstown, Boyertown Furnace Co., Bryant, Carrier, Clare Brothers, Thermo Products, Inc and Dmo Industries.

Heating power is often measured in British Thermal Units (BTUs). An average home of about 2000 square feet of heated rooms will need a 60,000 to 80,000 BTUs furnace, again depending on insulation, windows, home architecture and perception of warm.

While old models of furnaces made in 1980s and 1990s were rated at around 70 percent efficient, oil furnaces of today have efficiency rates between 85 and 90 percent. New furnace will pay for itself faster than the old one.

Although there are some really expensive models on market, a good burner for a family house shouldn’t cost more than $3000, while labor may cost between $500 to beyond $1000 which depends on how much fitting is needed to your existing pipes and registers.

Oil furnaces are very durable and most manufacturers deliver them with a 10 year warranty. To prevent voiding the warranty you will need to do regular annual maintenance. Costs associated with it may be between $100 to $200 depending on the manufacturer, model and warranty terms. Regular maintenance will help your burner retain high efficiency levels and extend its life. It is strongly recommended to keep doing annual maintenance checks even after the warranty expires, so the burner can give you a long and reliable service. This is a good reason for replacement of your old burner even if it still works well – as you will need less frequent oil deliveries. There are also some other measures you can take to extend your burner’s life, such as frequent filter replacement (a fuel or air filter costs only a few dollars) or mixing heating oil with a certain percentage of biodiesel.

Considering their long life, it may be a good idea to take long term loans to cover costs of a new burner and installation. This will enable you to predict expenses of your oil burner for the years to come. Operating costs of your heating system will almost certainly be lower than if you opted for a natural gas solution.