There are many ways to keep your home warm in the winter. Reliant Heating & Cooling knows every home has its own specs. That’s why we bring a variety of products to deliver tailor-made heating solutions. Oil furnaces are a popular solution for homeowners who need an alternative to gas or electricity, particularly in the Northeast part of the country. Here in Pennsylvania, many residents still use oil as their fuel source for heating.
Tried and true, oil furnaces last nearly twice as long as conventional gas furnaces.
How Do Oil Furnaces Work?
Each time your thermostat signals for more heat, your oil furnace pulls oil from a storage tank and pumps it into the burner. From there, it’s converted to a mixture of mist and air. This mixture ignites in the combustion chamber.
Unlike a gas furnace, which gets its supply through an underground gas line, oil furnaces rely on a storage tank that you will need to set up on your property. To make it easier, Reliant Heating & Cooling can deliver and refill it for you. We can also create a schedule so you know you’ll never run out during the winter.
What Is AFUE?
AFUE stands for annual fuel utilization efficiency. It’s the standard rating to determine how efficiently your furnace works. The AFUE rating is the percentage of fuel utilized for heating versus how much is wasted in the delivery chain.
Many older models have an AFUE between 56 and 70 percent, meaning 30 to 44 percent of the fuel gets wasted. Furnaces manufactured after 2015 are legally required to have an AFUE of 80 or higher. High-efficiency models burn at 90 to 98.5 AFUE.
Replacing an older furnace is a fantastic way to save on heating oil in the long run.
Oil Furnace Installation and Replacement
Oil furnaces have a life expectancy of around 25 years. Is your oil furnace on its last legs? Our team can help. We offer full-service installations.
One of our trusted professionals will take careful measurements to find a quality model for your home. Oil furnace replacements are a favorite of ours. The new models are much more efficient—and homeowners notice the difference almost immediately.
Give us a call today and schedule a free consultation from our oil furnace specialist. We’ll work with you to find the best way to ward off the frost this winter.
We have options to fit everyone’s budgets and can even assist with different financing options.
Oil Furnace Repairs
Some common issues you might encounter with an oil furnace are:
- Oil burner needs cleaning
- Clogged lines
- Worn-out belts and other parts
- Burner will not ignite/light
- Burner cycles too often
Our specialists are superb at diagnosing and treating even the most complex problems with oil furnaces. Whether the error is internal or with your thermostat, we’ll get to the bottom of it.
We know losing heat during the winter is stressful and potentially a threat to your safety—that’s why we show up promptly after you call and perform swift repairs.
At Reliant Heating & Cooling, we always provide a repair estimate before starting any work. Having your furnace break down is enough of a surprise—we see no need to startle you a second time with hidden fees.
Oil Furnace Maintenance
What’s the best way to get out of paying for repairs and avoid having to replace your furnace before you’re ready? Maintenance!
Your oil furnace has many different mechanical components that need to be checked and cleaned at least once a year. Parts like the pressure switch and blowers need to be checked and cleaned to prevent breakdown. The number one issue with oil furnaces is having a clogged nozzle and fuel filter and strainer. These are all replaced with maintenance service. Your flue, which expels exhaust, also needs to be inspected yearly and cleaned occasionally.
Call us today to schedule maintenance online for a checkup with one of our team members.