Oil Furnace Tips: Why You Shouldn't Allow Your Heating Oil To Get Low

You might have chosen an oil furnace because it can save you money on your energy bill, or perhaps you wanted to help prevent carbon monoxide poisoning, as oil furnaces reduce that risk.

But an oil furnace still comes with its own set of maintenance tips that you should be aware of to get the most out of your heating appliance. One thing you should know is your furnace's oil needs; the following is a guide that will show you why it is important to keep an eye on your heating oil level and a few signs of possible problems. 

Things That May Occur With Low Heating Oil Levels

  1. Clogged Filter: When your heating oil gets low, this can strain the heating system and cause a build up of sludge. This sludge can clog your heating oil filter, and the filter may need replacement should you let this occur.
  2. Line Reset: Replacing the filter requires a reset of your delivery system, and that will require you to bleed the line (this step will emit a strong smell that may require you to step out). This process takes about 30 minutes, which needs to be performed by your oil furnace specialist. 
  3. Excessive Strain: Forcing your appliance to suck up its oil needs from a small supply forces the machine to work a little harder, which can take its toll on the appliance. 

Signs Of Trouble

Yes, knowing what could happen if you force the furnace to run with a low amount of oil is important. But you should also know the signs of a furnace with little to no heating oil. The following are a few symptoms of a furnace whose heating oil level is too low:

  • Be sure to check on your furnace from time to time. Some furnaces have an indicator, telling you that the heating oil is a little low.
  • You may notice that the heat is not as efficient as it use to be, which could feel as if certain rooms are not as warm as others. 
  • The furnace will stop running if your heating oil completely runs out.

The best thing you can do is have your heating oil delivered to you on a regular basis, which is usually every few months. But your furnace specialist can help you with more specific information about your furnace and tell you about other signs to watch out for. For more information, contact a company like Bay State Fuel Oil Inc.