Typical Oil Furnace Repairs
With the price of oil going down and expected to stay that way oil furnaces are once again becoming trendy; there was a time natural gas was so much cheaper that they were almost no longer considered a viable option in the marketplace. As long as the price of oil is reasonable they will give you all the same bonuses that a gas furnace gives you such as efficiency and durability. With that being said, even the most durable appliances will break down from time to time. Here are some typical oil furnace repairs that need to be done every so often.
Burner Tray problems
It goes without saying if you don’t have a fire in your furnace you will not have heat in your house. Burner trays are where the oil and air mix to form the combustion that produces the heat in the unit. These can corrode, get clogged with soot or even break from expansion and contraction during heating cycles.
It was just said that if you don’t have fire in your furnace you won’t have heat in your house; it’s also true that if you don’t have ignition capability you won’t have fire. Igniters are usually made of very fragile ceramic material that gets super-hot when electricity passes through it. Over time these ceramic igniters will either stop working or the ceramic ignition piece will simply break and need to be replaced.
Blower Motor Problems
Air is the key ingredient in any type of furnace. It has two main functions in an oil furnace; the first is to supply the air that is mixed with the oil for combustion and the other is to pick up the heat that the furnace produces and distribute it throughout the house. These blowers run very often during the colder months and they are the source of some of the more typical oil furnace repairs.
Oil Pressure Problems
If you don’t get oil to the burner tray then you won’t get any flame at all either. Oil pressure problems can be caused by a faulty oil pump, a leak in the line, an empty oil supply tank or a valve that is stuck shut. Any of these situations will have to be corrected in order for an oil furnace to operate properly.
Control Module Problems
The controls on an oil furnace are very important to an oil furnace’s ability to work properly. These control units tell what components in the system to come on and off and also determines what sequence these components do it in. They have printed circuit boards in them which are very sensitive to dirt and moisture and they have other parts too such as thermostats that can fall out of calibration.
Hopefully if you own an oil fired furnace you will never run into any of these typical oil furnace repairs but if you do rest assured your local HVAC tech will be able to handle these no problem.