There can be a wide range of problems in the heating oil burners. You may hear unusual noise or see smoke that should not be there. When you notice such a problem, perform a visual inspection of different parts of the oil burner. Do not try to repair anything on your own. Leave repair of such a complex device to a professional technician. This article discusses what to look for when conducting a visual inspection.
Leakage Of Oil
Oil can leak from the oil tank, pipes, pipe fittings, valves, attachments or filters. Take a close look at these parts. If you notice any sign of oil smudges or spills, it indicates oil leak. Do not leave this problem unattended. A small leakage can develop into a bigger leak. It leads to air getting inside the oil pipes. It reduces the efficiency of heating oil burner. Signs that indicate oil leakage problem are:
- Partially burned oil
- Sooty puff-back
- Burner shutdown
- Oil spillage around the storage tank
If your storage tank is installed under the ground, take help of an oil burner technician to test the device for traces of water in the heating oil.
This clearly indicates a problem in your heating oil furnace. You will hear abnormal noise when the burner’s electric motor, air fan, gas vent fan, motor bearings or heating oil pump are not working properly. You will hear rumbling noises which indicates problem in the oil burner’s heating lines. Pay attention to parts like:
- Rubber bushing of coupling assembly
- Blower bearing
- Electric motor bearings
- Mounting bolts
- Other internal parts
If you hear unusual noise while starting or shutting down the burner, it shows oil pump or combustion chamber is not operating properly.
Unnecessary Fuel Consumption
If you notice sudden spike in fuel consumption, it may indicate improper adjustment. Complete cleaning and re-calibration is needed to fix this problem. It is possible the oil pump pressure was not set properly or it is no longer set at the right level. Its nozzle must meet manufacturer specification.
Some problems like rusting, dents and cracks on the exterior of the heating oil furnace are clearly visible. These problems are often seen in old oil burners. You should never ignore such problems because worn out and weakened parts pose safety dangers.
Oil Burner Doesn’t Start
You can identify problems in an oil furnace in two ways. You can perform visual inspection to find problems that are obvious. Secondly, abnormal noises during the machine operation indicate internal problems. If you notice any such problem, you should call a licensed and qualified heating oil furnace technician to solve the problem.
When you suspect that you are having oil burner issues or any issues with your heating system, be sure to contact Skylands Energy. We specialize in the maintenance, reparation, and installation of all heating systems, including heating oil systems. You can also contact us for affordable and reliable heating oil delivery services. We guarantee our work and offer excellent financing options. Keep warm and comfortable this winter by calling us and speaking with a live representative 24/7.
Contact us today or give us a call a (908) 707-1776 if you have any questions.