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Answering Three Oil Burning Furnace Questions

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Your oil burning furnace is an essential device for keeping your house comfortable. Unfortunately, there are many new homeowners that may not have much experience with this type of heating system. If this applies to you, learning the answers to the following questions will help you to better care for your home's oil burning furnace.

How Do You Maintain An Oil-Burning Furnace?

While oil-burning furnaces are normally extremely reliable, it should be noted that they will require regular maintenance to keep them functioning. In particular, it is important for you to make sure to keep the exterior vents on the furnace clean and to have the flu professionally serviced each year. If the furnace is unable to get enough airflow, the unit will be unable to efficiently produce heat, which can lead to increased wear and tear as well as compromising the comfort of your home. In addition to cleaning the vents, you will also want to make sure to have the burner cleaned every few months to remove any oil residue that has collected.

Why Is The Furnace Making A Grinding Sound?

There may come a day when you notice that the furnace is making a loud grinding sound when it is in operation. This sound is likely coming from a problem with the motor. The furnace's motor is responsible for circulating the heated air throughout the house. When it starts running low on oil, gets debris in the moving parts or has an internal component come lose, the furnace may make this sound. Unfortunately, a furnace's motor can be extremely complex, which means it may be best for you to have a professional technician repair this problem with the system. By having the technician address this issue as soon as you notice it, you may be able to minimize the damage that is done to the furnace, which can keep repair costs low.

What Causes Foul Odors To Come From The Furnace?

Strange odors coming from the furnace can be another problem that you may notice. Typically, the problem can be attributed to mold, mildew or other substances growing in the furnace or its ducting. When the system is activated, the musty smell from these substances will be spread throughout the home. In addition to being a nuisance, this issue can also cause health problems for some individuals with chronic respiratory issues. To address this problem, you will need to have your entire heating system professionally cleaned to remove the mold or mildew that is causing these odors.

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