Oil Furnace Service and Repair

Professional Oil Furnace Repairs, Service and Maintenance in NH and Mass.

Keep Your System Running Safely and Efficiently with Oil Furnace Maintenance

Needing an oil burner repair can be a major inconvenience, especially in the winter. Fortunately, whether you need immediate oil heater repairs or the type of high-quality oil furnace service and maintenance that prevents such breakdowns, our five-star technicians are here to help. Annual oil furnace maintenance also keeps you and your family safer and can help you save money by ensuring that your system runs at peak efficiency.

Because we believe part of our job is to educate homeowners about their heating systems, listed below is some helpful information about common oil furnace problems along with the answers to some frequently asked questions.

Common Oil Furnace Problems

Problem: No heat
Potential Causes/Solutions: If you have a digital thermostat, check to make sure the visual display is functioning because if it isn’t you may be able to resolve your issue by simply replacing the battery. Also make sure the device is set to “heat” and that all other settings appear to be correct.

Problem: Burner not functioning
Potential Causes/Solutions: This could be happening for a number of reasons, including an electrical issue, a faulty blower or motor, a plugged line, a pump problem, or an igniter complication. These are just a few issues that our technicians might diagnose when inspecting a faulty oil furnace. Additional steps you can take include checking your circuit breaker and locating the reset switch (on most systems it looks like a light switch mounted on a red plate) and turning it off and back on.

Problem: Damaged heat exchanger
Explanation: The heat exchanger is a critical component of your oil furnace that transfers heat from burning fuel within your system into the air from your home, while keeping the gases created during combustion separate from the air you breathe. When it becomes damaged it can not only affect the system’s ability to keep you warm, it can also increase the risk of exposure to carbon monoxide. There are many different causes of heat exchanger malfunction or failure. Our highly trained technicians are experienced and well-equipped to quickly diagnose the problem and clearly spell out your options.

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Frequently Asked Questions

Q: What’s the most important thing I can do to keep my system running smoothly?
A: It is important to regularly replace your air filter, a relatively simple process even for those who are not mechanically inclined. Handy homeowners can also help care for their system by changing their oil filter, remembering to first flip the switch that turns the furnace off, and to shut off the valve that controls the flow of oil from the tank.

Q: Why do I need professional annual maintenance for my oil furnace?
A: Annual maintenance helps prevent breakdowns and keeps your system running safely and efficiently (saving you money on fuel costs). Plus, getting annual maintenance is not just our recommendation, it comes from the manufacturers and is required to stay in compliance with the terms of your warranty.

Q: How long will my oil furnace heating system last?
A: It varies, of course, but the average life span of a mid-level quality oil furnace is approximately 15-17 years with regular filter changes and annual maintenance. In some new construction projects where the emphasis is on keeping costs to a minimum, the less-expensive systems chosen may have a shorter lifespan, averaging 10-12 years.

Q: If my heat exchanger needs to be replaced, does it make more sense to get a new furnace?
A: A damaged heat exchanger is one of the most common oil furnace problems, and one of the most serious because it can can compromise your entire system and heighten your risk of exposure to carbon monoxide. Replacing one can cost several thousand dollars. But depending on the age of your system, this can be a bit like putting a new engine in a car with 150,000-200,000 miles on it. Each system must be evaluated on a case-by-case basis. The good news is that our experienced technicians, the most well-trained in the industry, will always keep you in the know about what they discover, what your options are and how much repairs will cost.

Q: How do I know the heating technician is really looking after my best interests? Oil Furnace Service
A: The responsibility of being invited into your home to repair or maintain your heating system is one that we take extremely seriously. Not only do we operate a state-of-the-art training center where our technicians receive up to 150 hours of specialized training every year, we also thoroughly vet them and train them to approach each service call with the utmost professionalism, courteousness and care. You can also be sure that our technicians will always be friendly and helpful when it comes to explaining their findings so you can fully understand the issue and get answers to all your questions.

For more information about furnaces and boilers, check out this informational page from the U.S. Department of Energy and this Energy.gov infographic.

As always, please don’t hesitate to contact us to schedule a repair or to talk more about the importance of getting regular maintenance for your oil furnace heating system!

For the highest quality plumbing, heating, cooling, and electric service, Just Call Heritage! Our local HVAC technicians and licensed plumbers and electricians will show up on time, listen to your needs, diagnose your situation, explain their findings, and present you with options and pricing before doing any work. Our specialists respect your home by wearing shoe covers, putting down drop cloths, and thoroughly cleaning their work area before they leave. What’s more, we back everything with our 100% Satisfaction Guarantee!

We offer heating, plumbing cooling, and electric repair, installation, and maintenance for New Hampshire and Northern Massachusetts. Contact us to schedule an appointment that’s convenient for you.

New Hampshire Office
28 Commercial Ct, Auburn, NH 03032
NH LIC #2490C - NH ELC 0316C

Massachusetts Office
2550 Main St, Tewksbury, MA 01876
MA LIC #15719 - MA ELC 1190 - MA SM LIC #524

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