Written by Lee Wyatt (last updated October 25, 2021)
Have you ever noticed how often people forget about maintaining their furnaces until they really, really, need them? By then, it is often too late, and will result in larger heating bills, or even possibly large repair bills. Maintaining an oil furnace, like any furnace, does require a little bit of technical know-how, but isn't all that difficult to do. Primarily there are three areas that will need to be focused on, though one should almost always be left to a professional. These three areas are checking the oil filter, clean and oiling the fan, and checking the firing assembly.
Perhaps the single biggest problem that many people have with maintaining an oil furnace is knowing when they should call the professionals. While it is true that you can do most, if not all, of the jobs necessary for maintaining an oil furnace yourself, it is always a good idea to call in the professionals to get the best possible job done. If you find yourself faced with a situation that you are not sure about, or that you are uncomfortable with, then take the time to call a professional to come out and take a look, it will save you money in the long run.
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