Your furnace or boiler, just like any other technical device, needs to be properly maintained to provide you with reliable operation. For oil-fired furnace and boilers, annual tune-up is the most important maintenance task. As the name tells, this task is carried out once every year. Annual tune-up includes replacing consumable parts and adjusting it well to assure precise work and keep its fuel efficiency levels. Oil furnaces and boilers can last very long if properly maintained, so annual tune-ups will always pay back.

oil-burner-serviceDetermining the right time for an annual tune-up is also important. Although it takes only a single day (unless serious issues are detected by a professional), it’s best to be carried out in a time when the system is out of operation. This may be anytime from April until October, but bear in mind that if your system stays unused for a long time, it’s good to have it inspected before starting it up again.

That is why the best option is to do an annual tune-up is before the heating season begins.

Bear in mind that various system issues can be found during annual check-ups: pipe leakages, worn nozzles, clogged filters, and also some more serious, such as fuel injection breakage. These problems require more work and up to several days to fix. Know that HVAC professionals are very busy during fall, so you it may take some time to schedule an additional appointment.

Spring time is also not a quite good option, as temperatures during summer may be high and it can alter some system properties. During hot summer metal expands in space, and sometimes metal pipes can break, which you can’t notice. An annual tune-up can come shortly before the next heating season, and if you find a good enough technician he will find out any possible problems with your system.

That’s why you best be scheduling annual tune-up appointment anytime between early August through late September or early October if you live on Long Island, or anywhere else in NYC metropolitan area. In other parts of the country climate may be different and heating season may start earlier or later.

Your oil tank can be checked separately, and if it’s above ground you would be able to check it on your own. There are no mechanical parts in it and you just need to make sure there are no leaks.