Oil furnaces are an efficient and reliable way to heat your home during the cold winter months. However, like any other heating system, they require regular maintenance to function properly. Without proper maintenance, an oil furnace can become less reliable or even inefficient, resulting in higher energy bills and a shorter lifespan.
You can count on our comprehensive oil furnace maintenance service to ensure that your oil furnace performs at its best, while remaining safe.
What are the signs that my oil furnace needs to be cleaned?
- Very noisy furnace
- Increased electricity bill
- House is difficult to heat
- Dust build-up in the house
- Oil leaks
- Oil smell
When should I service my oil furnace?
It is recommended that you have your oil furnace serviced every year, preferably before winter.
If the oil tank is located outdoors, it should be replaced every 10 years. If it is installed indoors, it is more like 20 or 25 years depending on the model.
What our maintenance program includes
- 24-hour emergency service for our existing customers
- Maintenance performed by certified technicians (CMMNTQ/ RBQ members)
- Replacement of furnace parts (nozzle and tank filter)
- Labor costs for repairs (for parts not included in the protection plan)
- Annual check-up (done between May 1st and September 30th during regular business hours)
Contact us for a free estimate.
The benefits of proper maintenance of your oil heating system
- Optimal performance
- Extended service life
- Elimination of potential pollutants and allergens
- Reduced energy bills
- Improved air quality
- Prevention of problems
Areas served by Inter-Provincial Oils
- South Shore (Longueuil - Saint-Hubert, Greenfield Park -, Saint-Lambert)
Maintenance tips for your oil furnace
Clean or replace Wash the air filters
It is important to regularly check and clean the air filters on your oil furnace. Dirty filters can cause the furnace to work harder than it should, resulting in decreased efficiency and increased energy bills.
To clean the filter, remove it from the oil furnace and soak it in hot soapy water. Use a soft brush to remove any dirt or debris, rinse the filter and let it air dry. Then reinstall it in the furnace.
Note that cardboard filters cannot be cleaned, but should be replaced.
Check the oil level
It is also important to check the oil level in the boiler's oil tank to make sure you are not running out of oil. This will prevent the pump from overloading. This should be done regularly, depending on your oil consumption, at least once a year or more often if the boiler is used frequently.
To check the oil level, locate the tank and check the dipstick. If the oil level is low, add oil to the tank to the recommended level.
Inspecting the Lines
The fuel line should be checked at least once a year to prevent leaks: our experienced technicians will do this during inspection and maintenance. However, it may be a good idea to check the lines yourself during the year if the boiler is used frequently. Inspect it carefully for cracks or leaks.
Contact us immediately if you find any or if you are unsure.
Will I be allowed to service my oil heating system after December 31, 2023?
Yes, however, the Ministry of the Environment, Climate Change, Wildlife and Parks' Oil Burning Equipment Regulation states that the maintenance must be normal maintenance.
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