As the weather warms up, reliance on your oil furnace will diminish; however, even in early spring, there are cold days. Although you won’t need to raise the temperatures as much, you may still need to use it occasionally. To accommodate this transition and prepare your furnace for the warm months ahead, here are a few tasks you should incorporate into your spring cleaning process.
How to Get Your Oil Furnace Ready for Spring
1. Clean or Replace the Air Filter
Because it’s designed to sift through the debris that flows through your HVAC system, the air filter get dirtier the more it’s used; if it’s clogged, it will impede the furnace’s performance. Since it’s used more frequently in winter, you should check on the filter once the season draws to a close. If you notice debris, replace it so that it’s ready for the next winter.
2. Check for Issues
As you clean your oil furnace, keep an eye out for any parts that are bent, torn, out of place, or discolored. If there’s a part that can’t be fixed by repositioning, fastening, or cleaning it, leave it to a professional. Oil furnaces are complex appliances, and you don’t want to cause further issues, such as a full breakdown, accidentally.
3. Dust & Clean the Furnace, Registers & Grilles
As you clean the surfaces of your home, add the furnace system to your list. Dust, vacuum, and wipe down the registers and grilles covering the vents, as well as the unit itself. When cleaning an oil furnace, always turn it off and let it cool first; then, carefully unscrew the panel covering. If you know how to access the fan unit, use your vacuum’s brush attachment to clean any dust off thoroughly. Do the same with the fan blade; you may need to use a rag to clean it deeply. Once everything has been scrubbed, return the parts to the correct areas, re-attach the cover, and turn the power back on.
If you’re in Connecticut’s New Haven or Fairfield counties and need help with repairing or maintaining your oil furnace, contact Apple Oil. Based in West Haven, they have more than 50 years of experience, affordable rates, and a service area that stretches across a 60-mile radius. They also offer heating oil delivery services, including same-day delivery if you call by noon. Brand new customers get a discount on their first oil delivery. If you have any questions, call them today at (203) 934-3835 or send a message to them via their website.