Providing Reliable Oil Furnace Installation, Maintenance, & Repairs for Homeowners in Somers Point and Nearby Areas
During the winter between 2020 and 2021, over 5.3 million households in the United States relied on oil to heat their homes, showing that oil furnaces are a great option for many in the country. Additionally, about 82% of the households using oil during that time were located in the Northeast region of the U.S.
Oil is usually a trusted option in areas where natural gas service is not readily available, or the cost of heating oil is comparable to gas. With over 150 years of experience keeping South Jersey homeowners warm throughout the winter months, McAllister is a trusted name in oil furnace repair, maintenance, replacement, and installation.
Choosing Your Oil Furnace
There are a number of different types and models of oil furnaces, all with slight variations in operation, but they do follow the same basic principles. Heating oil is stored in a tank outdoors, and connected to the furnace by a long pipe to allow for easy transport when triggered by the indoor thermostat.
A fuel pump sends the oil through the pipe and a filter before it arrives at the combustion chamber. There, it combines with air and is atomized into a fine mist, injected into the burner, and ignited, producing heat.
Oil Furnace Installation & Replacement
The company you choose to install a new oil furnace is just as important as the purchase itself. At McAllister, our NATE-certified technicians offer experience and reliability, and will complete your oil furnace installation safely and efficiently, with minimal disruption to your home.
There are any number of reasons to replace your current heating system, but you may need a new oil furnace if any of the following are true:
- Your current system will cost more to repair than it is worth
- Your current system is unable to sufficiently heat your home
- Your current system is old and/or inefficient
Regardless of the reason behind your decision, replacing your old oil furnace is a choice you will not regret. McAllister understands the importance of keeping your home safe and warm throughout the often harsh South Jersey winters, and our HVAC contractors will help you to find the perfect replacement furnace for your needs.
Oil Furnace Maintenance
Regular cleaning and preventative maintenance are the keys to keeping your oil furnace in great working condition. Regular oil furnace tune-ups serve a number of purposes, including:
- Increased longevity of your heating equipment
- Identifies minor concerns before they become large, costly issues
- Ensures the safe, efficient operation of your oil furnace
Oil Furnace Repair in NJ
While most repairs can be avoided with routine maintenance, you may encounter issues with your furnace from time to time. McAllister provides 24/7 emergency service for oil furnaces throughout South Jersey.
When unfortunate circumstances arise, things can get stressful pretty quickly. McAllister understands your need for fast, effective solutions, and our heating repair services are geared to meet that need so you and your family can stay safe and comfortable all winter long.
The Benefits of An Oil Furnace
With so many heating options to choose from, it pays to do your homework to ensure you make the best decision for your home and family. Here are a number of great reasons to select an oil furnace:
- Safety – Unlike natural gas, heating oil is non-explosive, only igniting at temperatures above 140 degrees.
- Clean burning – A new oil furnace is environmentally friendly, with almost zero emissions. With proper maintenance, the system burns cleanly, and any residual soot that is produced is likely to remain within the tank itself.
- Long life span – An oil furnace can last 30 years or more with routine scheduled maintenance from McAllister.
- Greater choice and control – Unlike with natural gas, you are in control of who delivers your heating oil, when, and in what quantity.
Oil Furnaces – McAllister Heating and Cooling Systems in Somers Point, NJ
When you choose McAllister, you are making the smartest decision for your HVAC system, whether you are in need of a furnace replacement, or heating repair in Somers Point, NJ. Our skilled and experienced heating professionals are always here to address any issues or questions you have about your oil furnace system.
Seeking the most reliable oil furnace installation, maintenance, and repair services in Somers Point? Count on the team at McAllister and contact us online, or call us today at (800) 757-4122
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Oil Furnace FAQs
Is oil or natural gas safer for a furnace?
Heating oil is significantly safer than natural gas for a few reasons.
One, you have a limited amount of oil in your home at any one time, versus the flow of natural gas through a pipeline. Two, heating oil doesn’t combust under normal circumstances— if you drop a match into heating oil, it will not ignite (Don’t try the same with natural gas!). Thirdly, modern heating oil and oil furnaces are designed to burn as cleanly as possible, which means fewer unpleasant emissions lowering your air quality.
Will my oil furnace need maintenance?
Any furnace is going to need regular home maintenance and annual professional maintenance to perform at peak efficiency, with minimal risk of damage or the need for repairs. This goes double for furnaces which rely on any form of combustion, which of course includes oil furnaces. For specifics, you should check the manufacturer’s handbook for your furnace and speak with our team about professional tune-ups.
How much oil will I need in a year?
It depends- Some systems may utilize heating oil with better efficiency, your home may be better insulated than other homes, the weather may be particularly cold or warm this year, etc. Most furnaces burn between 1 and 2 gallons per hour, so if you know how many hours your furnace runs to maintain comfortable temperatures in your home, you may be able to gauge a rough estimate.
Is oil heat clean energy?
Modern heating oil is far cleaner and greener than the heating oil of decades past, with a significant reduction in the sulfur content– a primary source of pollution from previous heating oils –and changes in how it is utilized in modern heating systems. As such, heating oil today produces no residue and fewer emissions than natural gas. By any standard, it’s one of the cleanest heating solutions available for a modern home.
Can I run out of heating oil?
It is possible to run out of heating oil, as it is delivered from a refillable storage tank instead of a pipeline like gas, or wires like electricity. However, a well-insulated home with frugal heating habits may use a remarkably low amount of oil in a year.