Home Heating Oil Inspection

An annual home heating oil inspection is important to the safety and efficiency of a heating system for any home. These inspections serve to improve the efficiency of the heating system and further guarantees the safety of your family. So it is crucial to have your burner periodically checked.

For more information about our residential fueling services, please contact us today. We will happily answer any questions you might have about your oil tank. We offer home heating oil inspections for homeowners throughout Bergen and Passaic, New Jersey. Set up an appointment today by calling 973-304-1595. When you call, we can provide you with all of the necessary details.

Heating Oil Inspection Planning

Inspecting your home heating oil tank should be done by a professional like us. We know the steps to follow and will ensure top-notch service. As a rule of thumb, you want to have this home heating oil inspection before the winter rolls around. Because there are few things worse than being stuck without heat during the cold, winter months.

During the inspection, all types of combustion-driven heating systems must be checked. This includes oil-fired hot-water boilers for radiator, baseboard and radiant-floor heating, oil-fueled forced-air systems, and propane forced-air systems. As heating oil professionals, we will make sure everything is in good working order.

Inspection Checklist

Here is a simple checklist for common inspections for home heating oil tanks. Not all of these may apply to everyone. It depends on the oil tank you have and works on a case-by-case basis. Which is why it is important to leave these inspections to the professionals. However, following this list can help you better understand how your oil tank works and the signs it may need a professional inspection.

Check for a carbon-monoxide detector

Carbon-monoxide detectors are an important safeguard for the oil tank. And they are now required equipment in the vicinity of an internal combustion furnace system. So verifying that they are in place and working correctly is crucial for everyone's healthy. We make sure to check the battery (or other power system) to make sure that the CO detector will continue working.

Check chimneys, vents, and flues

There may be subtle inadequacies that can cause safety or efficiency problems for a homeowner. And turning to us means you will be turning to someone who knows exactly what to look for.

Check any safety devices

We will check any limit or over-temperature switches for their working condition. When we inspect the oil tank, we will also check pilot safety switches on both gas and oil systems.

Check heat exchanger

The heat exchanger is a big part of your home heating system. And poor heat exchange predictably leads to poor heating efficiency. So checking on its condition is important for the long term viability of the furnace.

Clean internal area of the furnace

Soot in the wrong places is a common issue that leads to difficulties with the heating system. When there is soot, it is an indication that the home heating system is not firing completely and efficiently. Because in general there should be no soot present and is an indicator of malfunction for an oil-burning system. If you see some soot say something! When we inspect, we will look for soot and if the nozzle is dirty we recommend you replace it.

Check air-filter presence and condition

During a home heating oil inspection, we will check the current condition of the air filters present. Clogged filters may reduce the efficiency on a forced-air heating system. While the absence of a filter can cause system failure and reduce the efficiency over the longer term.

Inspect ducting and piping

When we inspect the home heating oil tank, we will verify the condition of the ductwork and the condition of the piping for the hot-water systems. There may be holes in the ductwork or leaks in the piping that can severely impact the efficiency of the heating system. The fuel lines heading into the system need inspection, as well as the ducting and piping that the hot water is in. Our inspection will ensure that the water is at peak efficiency and no money is wasting away with holes in the piping or ductwork.

Test-start the furnace and test the thermostat

During an inspection, we will verify that the thermostat is recording an accurate temperature. And we will adjust the heat setting to start up the furnace to make sure it can fire properly. This inspection often requires a test run and the taking of four different flue gas samples. This is to determine whether the heating system is optimally performing. These samples will check the smoke content, flue pressure and two separate readings that evaluate the steadiness of the flue gases.

Check oil and propane tanks

And of course, we will inspect the exact fuel source and gauge the efficiency of the tank and its lines. So depending on what you have, we will take a look. We have years of experience working in this field and can effectively inspect any oil or propane tank. When we finish our home heating oil inspection, you can rest easy knowing you are in good hands.