Heating Oil System Cleaning and Tune-Up: What it is and What it Does
If you’ve visited HeatingOil.com before, there’s a good chance that you’ve read about annual cleanings and tune-ups of oil-fired heating systems. Once-a-year cleanings and tune-ups are the single most important ways to keep heating systems running at maximum efficiency, which means burning less heating oil in cold weather and lower heating oil bills. They also help catch problems (like tank leaks and clogged filters) before they turn into BIG problems (like an expensive cleanup of spilled oil or a broken burner). Heating systems are pretty complex, which means a lot of different parts can wear out or have small animals living inside them (see the video for details on that). Cleanings and tune-ups find and replace worn-out parts and clear out anything in your system that’s not supposed to be there.
So what exactly goes in at a cleaning and tune-up? What is the technician in your basement doing that improves the quality of your heating system and reduces wear-and-tear? Instead of writing out the answers to those questions, we decided to show them. HeatingOil.com video producer Nicholas Whitaker recently joined Tom Piano of Hilltop Fuel in New Jersey on a cleaning and tune-up call and documented the process. At Hilltop, the annual cleaning and tune-up of a heating system is called Preventative Maintenance Service, or PMS.
Whatever you call it, servicing your heating system with an annual cleaning and tune-up is the best way to keep your system in top condition and running at maximum efficiency. Even if you don’t have a service contract or if your contract doesn’t include an annual cleaning and tune-up, they are well worth the investment—the long-term savings that come from heating oil conservation, less frequent service calls, and reduced risk of system breakdown are too big to ignore.
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