Common Problems That Can Affect Ventilation And The Efficiency Of Your Oil Furnace

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Common Problems That Can Affect Ventilation And The Efficiency Of Your Oil Furnace

Common Problems That Can Affect Ventilation And The Efficiency Of Your Oil Furnace

26 April 2023
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You might notice that your heating furnace cannot warm your home enough. This could be due to a problem with venting or airflow. Proper venting and airflow are essential for the safe and efficient function of an oil-powered furnace. Blockages, damage to the venting system, or issues with air distribution can lead to problems such as back-drafting, poor heat transfer, and reduced efficiency. To solve this problem, you'll need to get to the bottom of what is causing it, and you might need assistance from a furnace repair technician.

The Wrong Oil

A variety of problems can cause blockages. You might be using the wrong type of fuel. Using the correct oil as the manufacturer recommends for optimal performance is essential.

Blockages Caused by Debris

Debris might have accumulated over time in your furnace, and this can cause a blockage. Dust or other particles settling on the heat exchanger can cause blockages. It's important to clean your furnace regularly. However, it's essential to ensure that water doesn't enter the oil supply line because this can cause blockages due to the reaction between oil and water.

Excessive Heating

Excessive heating can cause blockages and pressure building up within the system. This issue is more common when multiple appliances run simultaneously or the fuel line has a kink. Monitor the temperature and pressure levels to prevent this problem from occurring. Also, remember that clogs in the exhaust pipe can lead to backpressure and potentially cause the burner to malfunction or even catch fire. 

Worn Down Parts

Over time, various parts of the furnace can wear out or become damaged, leading to decreased performance and increased energy consumption. Some common parts that may cause issues include the burner, heat exchanger, and ignition system.

All these problems can affect venting, airflow, and the overall efficiency of your furnace. You might discover that your furnace cannot keep your home warm, and your energy bills might increase.

While you might want to save money by fixing your furnace, hiring a repair technician is better. A furnace repair technician is a skilled professional who can help ensure your heating system is in good working order, which can be especially important during cold winter when you need your furnace to work at its best. A technician has the knowledge and tools necessary to diagnose any issues with your furnace, make repairs as needed, and get your heater back up and running efficiently.

Contact a furnace repair service for more info.

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I used to routinely get calls from HVAC contractors in my area offering annual maintenance contracts. As soon they would identify themselves, I would quickly say no thank you and hang up. After all, my heating and cooling system was working fine. Why would I spend money on services I clearly didn't need? Boy was I wrong! A few years ago, my AC unit suddenly stopped working. I called my HVAC contractor to have it repaired and assumed that my warranty would pick up the bill. That was until I learned my warranty was voided due to a lack of maintenance. Out of nowhere, my decision to ignore those maintenance calls was about to cost me more than a $1,000. I know there are others out there like me. It is my hope that this site will provide them with the knowledge they need to avoid the mistakes I made.