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  • Katelyn Fisher

Homeowners Guide for Annual Oil Burner Clean Out

Oil fired boilers and furnaces should get a cleaning on an annual basis. We suggest the home-owner or someone always be present with the service technician while in your home.

As part of a routine annual preventative maintenance this is what you can expect it to include:

1. The oil filter is replaced.

2. The burner nozzle is replaced. You may also want to ask the technician to show you the gallons per hour, the type of nozzle and make sure that it is the similar to the one removed.

3. The oil pump strainer is replaced.

4. The chimney and flues are opened and vacuumed clean.

5. The boiler is opened up and brushed / vacuumed.

6. The oil line is purged of air after the parts above are replaced.

7. The chimney clean-out port is closed after cleaning and the flue parts are screwed back together.

A combustion efficiency test is performed

8. Before the technician leaves, you should run the thermostat up and make sure you get heat. This will ensure the technician didn't inadvertently shut off a pump or close a valve.

9. Check to ensure all other pertinent parts are properly operating and make recommendation if a part needs to be replaced. The technician will never just replace anything without the home-owners approval.

10. A visual inspection of your oil tank and necessary recommendation with it.

11. You should also ask for documentation dated and signed by the technician with the results of the combustion efficiency and date performed. Our documentation can be found on the service tag on your boiler and will also appear on your invoice.

12. Finally, payment is never expected at the time of service.You will be billed and have 15 days to square up.

As always, if you have any need of our services whether it is a question, concern, or needing to schedule your annual, please call Cheryl at 508-763-2777

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