What the Tune-Up Entails

In virtually every service industry, regular tune-ups are one of the most important services that can be offered. This is especially true in the heating oil industry! A properly performed tune-up assures you that your system is operating at peak efficiency and won’t break down when you need it most. Some of the most common repairs that are performed by full-service heating oil dealers could have been avoided with annual tune-ups! Let’s take a brief look inside a heating system tune-up to help you better understand why it’s important.


System & Oil Tank – A simple visual inspection of your equipment is performed by the technician for any signs of impact damage, deterioration or leaks.


Oil Lines – An inspection of the oil line includes looking out for kinks, leaks or dents. If the line runs underground, the technician confirms it is made of coated copper or has protective tubing to prevent corrosion. The fittings are also checked for proper installation and damage.


Air Filter – One of the most important components of your heating system is the air filter. Dirty and neglected filters are among the leading causes of failure in both heating and cooling systems. A clean filter, however, can save you up to 15% on heating costs!


Fuel Unit – The technician checks for leaks at the valve stem, filter and pump gasket. They’ll also check that the fuel pump and low-water fuel cut-off are working properly. The low-water fuel cut-off is a device designed to shut down heating equipment should the water level of pressure fall below a safe level, preventing system damage and potentially dangerous operating conditions.


Nozzle – This check verifies that the nozzle and settings conform to manufacturer specifications. The nozzle atomizes and then sprays heating oil into the combustion chamber. The spray pattern must be the right size and shape to ensure complete combustion of the heating oil.


Flue Pipe – The technician brushes out the flue pipe, inspects the pipe’s condition, and replaces it if necessary. The flue pipe is a key component of home heating systems as it expels exhaust gases and other byproducts of combustion outside of the home.


Additionally, the technician will inspect the heat exchanger and combustion area as well as the chimney base to complete the tune-up. These tune-ups can save you a headache when next winter rolls around – and are especially important after extended winters like the one we just got through this year! For more information on tune-ups, please don’t hesitate to contact us online.


It's the little things that can make the difference. One delivery I got, the driver actually pulled my garbage cans in from the curb for me and put them away, after noticing it had been picked up. It may be a small thing but it left a lasting impression and I recount that story to anyone when discussing heating or fuel. Not many would do that and it sealed my loyalty right up. Outstanding.

- Peter B. - Enfield, CT