What will an oil burner service technician do?
Oil burner service technicians clean, repair and replace oil burners. Typically, oil burner services repair HVAC systems, boilers, water heaters and furnaces. They are often affiliated with companies that supply heating oil. When you have a service technician clean your oil burners, the technician will replace the oil filter, burner nozzle and oil pump strainer. The flues and boiler will be vacuumed clean and, finally, the technician will perform a combustion efficiency test.
How do I know if my oil burner needs service?
Any difficulty starting the system or keeping it on is an indication that service is required. If you hear grinding noises coming from the burner, smell burning oil or notice soot coming from the burner, then your oil burner will need attention.
How do I find a trustworthy oil burner service?
Research online for service reviews for oil burner repair companies. It is important to find a service that doesn't use subcontractors; the service should have qualified technicians on staff. Check with your state licensing bureau that the oil burner service has the proper certificate of competency. When your technician arrives, ask to see his or her identification and certification. A reputable technician will ask you questions about how the burner typically operates, if the system has been recently reset, if there has been a power outage and if any previous attempt to repair the system has been made. Make sure you review the quote carefully; if the technician anticipates needing an additional repairman or any replacement parts those should be clearly stated.