Stay Tuned for More Winter Weather

Since it’s still warm outside, you may not be thinking about your heating equipment or how it will hold up to the coming winter. However, August is the perfect time to start thinking about having a tune-up performed on your heating system! This is because it’s early enough to find and make any necessary repairs, before the cold weather arrives. If you were ever curious about what a tune-up consists of, here’s a look at the heating system components your professional technician checks, inside and out.


The inspection begins with the external components of your heating system, some of which include the storage tank, chimney base and chimney, and the flue pipe. You’ll notice that many of the external components are used primarily for storage or ventilation, which are just as important to the proper function of your heating system as the internal parts. The storage tank is visually inspected for any signs of impact damage, deterioration and corrosion or leaks. The air filters are removed and cleaned, or replaced if necessary. A dirty and neglected air filter is one of the leading causes of failure in heating systems, so this is a very important step! Finally, the flue pipe, chimney base and chimney are cleaned out thoroughly to prevent blockage. Exhaust gases and other byproducts of combustion need to be properly vented outside to keep the air within the home healthy and safe.


The technician will then inspect the components directly involved in combustion and the distribution of fuel and heat, including the nozzle, oil lines and the heat exchanger. The nozzle is in charge of distributing the heating oil into the combustion chamber, and it must be set to conform to manufacturer specifications. The spray pattern must be the right size and shape to ensure complete combustion. Oil lines are checked for leaks, dents or kinks. If the line runs underground, the technician must confirm it is made of coated copper or has protective tubing to prevent corrosion. The heat exchanger needs to receive adequate airflow in order to keep from being cracked or damaged. If the airflow over the heat exchanger is appropriate, and there are no visible signs of damage, the technician can move on to other areas.


There’s more to a tune-up than just the items listed above, but this should give you a good overview of which parts of your heating system are inspected, cleaned, repaired and replaced when necessary. Contact us to schedule your heating system tune-up today!