As you are getting your home ready for cooler weather, you should not forget about your oil furnace and its chimney. Your oil furnace needs to be serviced annually to ensure it is working safely and efficiently. All Seasons Chimney is proud to offer maintenance services for oil furnaces, along with our fireplace and chimney sweepings and inspections. We would like to tell you why it is so important to have your oil furnace and its chimney professionally serviced and inspected every year.
Prevent carbon monoxide leaks
Because your oil furnace routinely has long running cycles in the winter, it produces a lot of soot. Oil soot is very sticky and will adhere to the inner walls of the chimney. Over a long and cold winter, these soot deposits can build up to the point where they block the chimney. According to the Chimney Safety Institute of America (CSIA), this soot will eventually fall to the base of the chimney or even directly on top of your furnace. When the base of the chimney has not been swept and when your furnace does not have proper ventilation, carbon monoxide can easily be forced back into your home. This toxic gas can cause serious illnesses that could possibly lead to death. Having your oil furnace professionally serviced and its chimney professionally swept can greatly reduce your chances of carbon monoxide leaks.
Prevent chimney corrosion
A large accumulation of soot deposits can be hard on both masonry and metal surfaces. Soot is a combination of sulphur and carbon, and when this mixture is combined with moisture from rainwater or flue gases, it can cause corrosion damage. If you have a masonry chimney, the bricks and mortar joints can suffer from spalling damage that leads to cracked and missing bricks. If you have a metal chimney, tiny holes can form from this corrosion damage, which disrupts the integrity of the liner.
What should I expect from an oil furnace service appointment?
When All Seasons Chimney arrives to your home to service your oil furnace and its chimney, we will set up our special equipment to be sure your home is protected from soot and other debris. We will then disconnect the pipe that connects your furnace to the chimney, sweep the pipe, and reconnect it. We then inspect both the interior and exterior of the chimney to look for any potential problems. After the inspection, we will restart your oil furnace and provide you with a written evaluation of your furnace and chimney.
With our years of experience and training, you can trust All Seasons Chimney to properly remove all of the oil soot deposits from your chimney and to ensure your oil furnace is functioning safely and efficiently. Contact us today to schedule an appointment to have your oil furnace and its chimney serviced before winter arrives.