Just Bought a Home with an Oil Furnace? Here’s What You Need to Know

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For most homeowners, the entire process of finding, financing and finally moving into a new home can be daunting. Sure there are a lot of ups and downs with the negotiations, paperwork and inspections, but once you’re all settled in and celebrating your new purchase, reality sinks in. Inhabiting the new home will require getting used to some new ways.

For example, if you rented prior, maybe your utilities were included and you never had to think about making separate payments to water and electricity companies. Or, if your old home used propane heat and now suddenly you have an oil tank at your home, you might be wondering how you should plan to fill it and what the maintenance schedule looks like.

If you just bought a home with an oil furnace, here’s everything you need to know!

How an Oil Heating System Works

If you live in Connecticut then you’re already familiar with the constant temperature changes that can happen from day to day. One day you’re outdoors in a t-shirt, and the next you’re cranking up the heat in the house to warm up your toes before bed. Each time you turn up the thermostat it’s monitoring the temperature indoors and when it drops below your requested setting, the burner motor starts pulling heating oil from the tank and running it through your home’s heating system so warm air can pump from the vents. The system then turns off once the required temperature is met, and this cycle continues throughout the day to maintain comfortable warmth in your home.

Naturally, the fuel eventually will run out and need to be refilled and the parts that are working hard to heat your home will experience wear and tear, build-up and require maintenance. Those are the areas to pay most attention to with your new home.

Recommended Maintenance Schedule

To ensure you’re heating system is ready for the winter season it’s best to schedule a yearly maintenance service in the fall. An experienced technician will clean, test and replace parts so it remains properly lubricated and performs optimally. The technician can also check for signs of other issues and recommend needed repairs prior to any surprise system breakdowns.

Keeping Fuel in the Tank

During colder winter months its projected that homes will burn about 100 gallons each month to keep the home warmed and much less throughout the rest of the year. As we approach the cold season here in CT, be sure to make note of this increased usage of fuel and if you’re not on an automatic service plan, you’ll need to keep a close eye so you don’t run out. Tanks that go empty can present other issues such as additional fees for emergency deliveries, cold temperatures in the home and even the need for a system restart.

At Arbor Energy, we’re committed to providing Connecticut homeowner’s peace of mind when it comes to heating and cooling their homes. As an Arbor Energy oil delivery customer, you can rest assured throughout the colder months that you and your family stay comfortable no matter what.