Taking the best care of your heating system is the best way to save a lot of money on expensive repairs. Knowing when there is a problem with your furnace is important so you can avoid being stuck in the middle of winter with expensive repair bills and without heat. Learn more about some of the common problems you may have with your oil burning furnace.

Non-operational Burner Problems Can Be Avoided

Making sure the wiring in your furnace is in good condition is important for the burner to remain operational. If your burner won't come on, tracing the electrical path to see if any wiring is damaged is important. If you find bad wiring, be sure to contact a professional for making repairs to avoid electrocution. Your furnace's burner may not come on because if the duct work or filter is blocked. This is one reason you should always change your filters regularly. If your home's foundation has areas that would allow animals to get underneath your home, checking the ducts for animal nests is a good idea as well.

The Burner Works, But Will Not Fire

A clogged nozzle is one of the most common reasons oil furnace burner will not fire. Clogged nozzles can come from trash in the fuel building up in it. Clogged filters and oil lines will also cause the burner not to fire. In some cases, the replacement of the igniter may be the best way to repair firing capabilities. If your oil furnace requires a new igniter, having a professional take care of it is advised. When an igniter is replaced, combustion analysis needs to be performed to make sure it is working properly. If your furnace's igniter is firing at an improper rate, it could cause the furnace to over-cycle, a good way to waste fuel and wear out your furnace faster. A delayed ignition can also cause your furnace to emit strong odors and smoke.

When Your Furnace Is Using Too Much Oil

Taking steps to winterize your home is one the first steps you should take if your furnace is using too much oil. Having your furnace cleaned is another way to lower its fuel consumption. Making sure ducts are not damaged and leaking heat is important to avoid wasting fuel as well. If you have taken these steps and you feel your furnace is still using too much fuel, have a professional check the oil pump pressure for making sure it is set correctly.

For more information, contact Shearman Oil Inc or a similar company.