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Your Oil Furnace Needs Service Too

Oil Furnace Work Image - Poughkeepsie NY - All Seasons ChimneyAs you are getting your home ready for cooler weather, you should not forget about your oil furnace and its chimney. Your oil furnace needs to be serviced annually to ensure it is working safely and efficiently. All Seasons Chimney is proud to offer maintenance services for oil furnaces, along with our fireplace and chimney sweepings and inspections. We would like to tell you why it is so important to have your oil furnace and its chimney professionally serviced and inspected every year.

Prevent carbon monoxide leaks

Because your oil furnace routinely has long running cycles in the winter, it produces a lot of soot. Oil soot is very sticky and will adhere to the inner walls of the chimney. Over a long and cold winter, these soot deposits can build up to the point where they block the chimney. According to the Chimney Safety Institute of America (CSIA), this soot will eventually fall to the base of the chimney or even directly on top of your furnace. When the base of the chimney has not been swept and when your furnace does not have proper ventilation, carbon monoxide can easily be forced back into your home. This toxic gas can cause serious illnesses that could possibly lead to death. Having your oil furnace professionally serviced and its chimney professionally swept can greatly reduce your chances of carbon monoxide leaks.

Prevent chimney corrosion

A large accumulation of soot deposits can be hard on both masonry and metal surfaces. Soot is a combination of sulphur and carbon, and when this mixture is combined with moisture from rainwater or flue gases, it can cause corrosion damage. If you have a masonry chimney, the bricks and mortar joints can suffer from spalling damage that leads to cracked and missing bricks. If you have a metal chimney, tiny holes can form from this corrosion damage, which disrupts the integrity of the liner.

What should I expect from an oil furnace service appointment?

When All Seasons Chimney arrives to your home to service your oil furnace and its chimney, we will set up our special equipment to be sure your home is protected from soot and other debris. We will then disconnect the pipe that connects your furnace to the chimney, sweep the pipe, and reconnect it. We then inspect both the interior and exterior of the chimney to look for any potential problems. After the inspection, we will restart your oil furnace and provide you with a written evaluation of your furnace and chimney.

With our years of experience and training, you can trust All Seasons Chimney to properly remove all of the oil soot deposits from your chimney and to ensure your oil furnace is functioning safely and efficiently. Contact us today to schedule an appointment to have your oil furnace and its chimney serviced before winter arrives.

Why Your Oil or Gas Heating Appliance Needs a High-Performance Chimney Liner

A chimney liner is one of the most important components of your fireplace and chimney system because of its functions. A high-performance chimney liner will protect your home from extremely high temperatures igniting a fire within your woodwork, protect your masonry chimney from the toxic byproducts of combustion, and provide a correctly-sized flue to your heating appliance to improve the draft. Particularly if you have an oil or gas heating appliance, you need a durable stainless steel chimney liner due to the acidic properties of the combustion gases. Many times All Seasons Chimney will see problems with cracks and gaps in older clay tile flue liners when we inspect chimneys of oil and gas heating appliances. These cracks and gaps can be hazardous as they can allow poisonous gases like carbon monoxide to enter your home. We have also seen problems with the flue sizes being too large for these types of appliances. We would like to tell you more about why your oil or gas heating appliance needs a high-performance chimney liner by sharing with you some information from the Chimney Safety Institute of America (CSIA).

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Why is the flue size such an issue for oil and gas heating appliances?

The newer oil and gas heating appliances require smaller flue sizes than the older units did. Typically, there will be about a 60% reduction in the flue size. Additionally, these newer appliances have lower flue gas temperatures, and this can add to the problem of the flue being too large for the appliance. Draft can be drastically reduced because the cooler the gases become, the slower they move up the flue. This can cause your oil and gas heating appliance to work ineffectively and to use more fuel to provide sufficient heat. Flue gases remaining inside the flue for too long can also be hazardous as it increases the risk for leaks. Another major problem that can occur with an improperly-sized flue is the condensation of water vapor. The moisture that results can be absorbed into the chimney and transferred through the walls of your home. This can cause your paint and wallpaper to peel. Even worse, the masonry materials of your chimney can be severely damaged during the freeze/thaw cycles of winter, and you can have spalled bricks, eroded mortar joints, and water leaks at the bottom of your chimney.

How can All Seasons Chimney solve this flue sizing problem?

The best way we can solve this issue is to retrofit your chimney with a properly sized and installed UL Listed stainless steel chimney lining system. This will help your draft by keeping the flue gases from expanding and cooling more than they should. Condensation within the venting system will also be reduced with a properly sized high-performance chimney liner. We will guarantee that your liner system is watertight so that any condensation that should form will remain contained within the liner to avoid further damage to the masonry from the freeze/thaw cycles and corrosion from the extremely acidic condensate.

To improve the performance of your oil or gas heating appliance and prolong the life of your chimney, contact All Seasons Chimney to learn more about our chimney liner installation services. Our CSIA-certified technicians will evaluate, size, recommend, and install the appropriate chimney liner for your heating appliance.