How to Wind Down Your Clean Energy Waste Oil Furnace When Heating Season Is Over

With winter going by the wayside and warmer days of spring and summer approaching, now is the perfect time to think about preparing your waste oil furnace for upcoming spring and summer downtime.

Complete a few key maintenance tasks as the cold weather is winding down. Taking the proper steps now, you’ll ensure that your furnace will be ready to start up later without issue, when temperatures drop back down once more and you need your furnace to run regularly again.

It’s smart to have your instruction manual handy for detailed instructions and diagrams, but read on for a basic overview of how to prep your Clean Energy Heating Systems waste oil furnace for the off-season.

  1. Clean the oil canister filter screen. A clean filter screen will help keep impurities out of your oil supply. Doing this task at the end of the heating season will save you from scrambling to get it done when you want to fire up your furnace later when temperatures drop again.
  2. Clean the pump head screen. This is another important maintenance step that helps keep oil flowing into your furnace. If you do this at the end of the heating season, you will be one step closer to having your furnace ready to roll when it’s time to use it again.
  3. Remove sludge and water from the bottom of the tank. It’s difficult to keep all water and sludge from getting into the used oil supply, so it’s important to drain your supply tank at least once each year. This will help ensure no unwanted substances enter your furnace.
  4. Clean ash from the heat exchanger. To take care of this task, wear safety goggles, gloves, long sleeves, and a dust mask. The accumulated ash, which forms a fine powder, may cause irritation. A shop-vac should do the trick, allowing you to make your heat exchanger look almost as good as new.
  5. Clean the nozzle adapter heater block. This is a little complex, but not out of reach if you’re familiar with your furnace. Refer to your owner’s manual and ensure that your nozzle adapter heater block is ready to help ignite your furnace when the weather cools later this year.

Where to Turn for Additional Information and Guidance

Your Clean Energy Heating Systems owner’s manual contains details about all of these maintenance tasks. If you’re not familiar with the specific steps to follow, you can find specific instructions there. And if you have additional questions or need further instruction, please contact us. We’re standing by to help answer any questions you might have!