Oil Burner Maintenance

An oil burner is essentially an electric heating system that burns off #1,#3 and #6 fuel oils. In the US low grade #6 diesel fuel is the most popular fuel used for this type of heating equipment. It is generally dyed orange to make it cheaper to transport. Some models come with a red LED indicator to indicate if the fuel is in full,half or at less than half-full. In addition,the burner has a dual fuel switch which makes it possible to use either type of oil. The fuel will also automatically start burning when you turn the unit on,so you do not have to touch the burner to ensure the oil is ready.
As with all other heating equipment,your oil burner will need regular servicing in order to stay efficient and safe to use. Oil filters and hoses should be changed according to the oil manufacturer’s specifications. It is always a good idea to check the oil level before turning the engine on. If the oil level is too low,it may be necessary to refill the tank.
A good rule of thumb to follow when replacing the filter is to always allow at least 1.5 quarts of fuel to flow through the fuel lines. Also,oil is a very flammable gas and should never be stored near electrical devices. Do not forget to test the burners periodically to make sure they are working correctly. It is also important to maintain proper fuel levels so the unit does not need to be refilled as often.