oil furnace

Oil furnaces are traditionally very stable and reliable sources of home heating. When the inevitable occurs and your heating system starts acting up, you can benefit from the following tips on troubleshooting an oil furnace. These techniques may save you the trouble and expense of a professional service call.

  • Check the thermostat settings: Make sure the temperature settings at the thermostat have been set to a seasonally appropriate level. Ensure the fan is set to automatic and the system is set to heat. Make sure any automated settings at a programmable thermostat haven’t simply caused the system to shut down or provide less heating.
  • Make sure you have fuel in the tank: Check the gauge on the fuel tank to see how much fuel you have. Confirm the readings by using a dipstick to physically check the level of fuel in the tank.
  • Check and change the air filter: Air filters in oil furnaces should be checked monthly and changed when dirty. When they get dirty and clogged, they interfere with airflow and can cause furnaces to malfunction or break down. Check the filter and, if it’s dirty, take it out and put in a new one.
  • Press the reset button: Press the reset button on the furnace control panel. This may be sufficient to get the system working again. Don't press it more than twice, as it puts oil into the combustion chamber each time it’s pressed, and too much oil in this chamber could be dangerous.
  • Check the circuit breaker: See if the circuit breaker controlling the furnace has been tripped at the main breaker box. An occasional trip of the circuit breaker is usually nothing to worry about. If you reset the breaker and it keeps tripping, call for professional repair as soon as possible.

Griffith Energy Services, Inc. has a long history of serving customers in the Mid-Atlantic region, providing heating and cooling services for more than 100 years. Contact us today for more information on troubleshooting an oil furnace or for the professional repair you need if your oil furnace isn’t working like it should.

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.

Best regards,
Griffith Energy Services

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