With winter fast approaching, homeowners in and around Edgewater, Maryland, need to keep their oil furnaces in top shape to ensure adequate heating. Oil furnaces typically require more maintenance compared to gas furnaces, as oil-powered models can get more grime and soot buildup. Ideally, you should check and clean your oil furnace a couple of times every heating season and get maintenance service for it each fall. Here are four tasks that you can do regularly as a homeowner to check your Edgewater, MD oil furnace and make sure it keeps running smoothly.

Watch for Soot

Watch out for black soot near your furnace. If soot accumulates outside the unit, it could indicate that it is burning more than just oil. Also, check the soot emanating from the chimney when the furnace is working. If there is black smoke, it means the system is not burning oil completely.

Listen for Unusual Sounds

If your furnace emits any abnormal rattling or vibrating noises, something is loose or even broken. Letting your furnace continue to run with a broken part can cause lasting damage and mean an early replacement. Contact a professional maintenance company immediately for support.

Change the Filter

Make it a point to change the furnace’s air filter at regular intervals per the recommendations in the operator’s manual. You can change your filter every three months to keep allergens from circulating in your air. But if you have pets, you should replace your filter more often, usually once a month.

Clean Your Unit

Starting by turning off the unit and gas line and letting the system cool. Then, use a vacuum with a long hose to remove dust from around the unit. This can prevent dust from burning up in your system, creating bad smells and allergic triggers. Vacuum out the blower and burner cavities next. Finally, blow off dust from the pilot. Ensure the pilot is switched off , and use a straw to gently blow air on the area.

Of course, if you don’t feel comfortable doing any of these steps on your own, contact a professional to do it for you. For your HVAC and Edgewater, MD oil furnace maintenance services, contact Griffith Energy Services at 888-474-3391.

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Dear Customers,

At this time, when the news is dominated by the Coronavirus (COVID-19) health emergency around the world, we wanted to personally reach out and let you know that we are vigilantly implementing enhanced protocols to ensure your safety and the safety of our team.

We are closely monitoring the guidance of the World Health Organization and the Centers for Disease Control regarding the spread of the virus. This is an evolving situation and we will continue to develop and take necessary measures as needed. Our focus is to ensure that we meet customer needs while doing our part to keep you, our employees, and our communities safe.

Here’s what we’re doing:

  • Everyone on our team has received enhanced training and protocol briefings. We will continue to evolve and adjust these protocols as needed.
  • We are implementing telecommuting options for positions where applicable.
  • Non-essential work travel is currently on hold for all employees.
  • We are conducting enhanced cleaning practices at our locations and are instructing employees to continually sanitize their work stations and vehicles.
  • We are also urging all employees to be vigilant about frequent hand washing.

Information for you:
If you have an existing service appointment, we look forward to seeing you and want to reassure you that we are doing everything we can to promote a safe and secure service experience.

During this challenging time, if you are experiencing symptoms related to the COVID-19 virus or have been exposed to it, in order to protect our team and all the customers we serve, we encourage you to please reschedule your service appointment, by calling us at 888-474-3391.

Your safety is our highest priority and we truly appreciate the trust that you place in our team and our company.

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Griffith Energy Services

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