Is an annual burner tune-up really necessary?
When you have over 101 things to do a day, you can easily and understandably forget how important it is to maintain your HVAC. Perhaps the only time you do remember is when its time to turn on the heating or the AC or when something goes wrong and you have to make a call out to an emergency heating repair service. Annual oil burner tune-up and maintenance is important and it saves money, not only that but it has a number of other benefits.
What Are The Warning Signs To Look Out For When Checking Your Oil Burner?
Oil burners burn oil by atomizing it into a fine spray. This spray is forced through a nozzle before being ignited by an electric spark. A fan pushes air around the spark into a ‘blast tube’ where oil is mixed with air to generate heat. The burner is switched on either manually or automatically by an ‘igniter’ or ‘pilot light’. That’s the visible blue flame on your boiler or HVAC/Furnace. This flame is one of the first indicators as to whether something is wrong. It should be of a good size, if the flame is dim or weak, it may be down to a number of reasons.
The reason your oil burner isn’t working could simply be it is out of fuel, boilers and HVACs need to be regularly topped up not just to keep functioning but to stop accidents happening.
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Why you may need burner service:
- Parts may be worn out or incorrectly aligned meaning they need repairing or replacing
- The Nozzle needs cleaning or replacing.
- Oil has leaked into the burner itself and is clogging it up
- The problem may be of a more technical nature where a professional technician is required.
How Annual Oil Burner Tune-Up And Maintenance Prevents Accidents And Saves Money
Annual oil burner tune-up and maintenance takes care of all these eventualities by letting a skilled and licensed plumber perform checks, repairs and replacements. They will perform potentially life saving checks for leaking carbon monoxide, check vital components of the oil burner such as the combustion chamber, motors, blower wheel and fans. By ‘tuning up’ your oil burner, a technician makes sure the pilot light is clean and free from oil and dirt. They will adjust the air flow to make sure the right pressure is being applied to keep the fuel burning properly and make sure the thermostat and flame sensor plus other important parts are in good working order. As for costs, Long Island residents pay on average about $500 for repairs but a Planned Maintenance Agreement could significantly lower those costs, check online for quotes.
It should now be clear why an annual oil burner tune-up and maintenance is essential to the efficiency of your HVAC. But it doesn’t need to disrupt your busy lifestyle. An affordable Planned Maintenance Agreement with a proven and reliable licensed company will go a long way towards preventing risks to your HVAC.
Cost of Oil Burner Tuneup on Long Island
The cost for an oil burner tuneup varies from around $129 to $249, depending on the company and what parts are included. It also varies depending on whether they will be vacuuming your unit.