Keeping your home warm this winter means ensuring your heating system is in tip-top shape. On top of routine maintenance checks, it's important to stay vigilant about any potential problems that may occur. For those using an oil furnace as their heating source, Apple Oil has compiled a quick and easy list of what to watch out for.
Located in West Haven, CT, this heating oil company has served the Fairfield and New Haven counties faithfully for over 50 years. Specializing in everything heating oil related, they offer delivery services, tuneups, furnace installations, and tank replacements.
Having been the heating oil experts in Connecticut for more than half a century, Apple Oil is more than familiar with the subtle signs indicating when a furnace needs repairs. Keep an eye out for the following:
Rising Utility Bills: If you haven't increased your usage and you’re paying more on energy bills than you did around the same time last year, something needs to be repaired.
Fluctuating Temperatures: A properly functioning furnace should maintain the temperatures set on the thermostat. If you’re constantly adjusting it or the heat simply isn’t being distributed well enough, the problem may be with the thermostat itself.
Strange Noises: Sounds like popping, banging, or rattling are all indications your oil furnace is near its end. An irregular or constant blower is also considered an inauspicious sound.
Age: The average lifespan of a well-maintained oil furnace is around 20 to 25 years. After a decade, it may be more cost effect to invest in a full replacement rather than scheduling excessive repairs.
In the event your oil furnace stops working altogether, Apple Oil has thorough instructions on the FAQ page of the website. If you’ve followed those directions and it still doesn’t work, don’t hesitate to contact the professionals — Connecticut residents can easily reach Apple Oil by calling (203) 934-3835.