Safety is one of the many reasons to choose oil for your heating system.
Heating oil is deliberately formulated so that there is virtually no chance for an explosion. Furnaces are designed so that there are no worries they will become hot enough to cause a fire.
W.H. Riley & Son recommends these two steps make sure your heating system is safe:
1. We will perform an annual inspection to detect signs of trouble.
2. You should be vigilant for oil leaks that are the telltale sign of damage.
WHAT’S INVOLVED WITH THE ANNUAL INSPECTION?
During an annual inspection, a W.H. Riley service technician will thoroughly clean the unit to remove dust and debris that accumulates over a year. We will also perform a series of troubleshooting steps to detect and remedy any potential safety issues. One of the most important elements of an inspection is verifying that all built-in safety controls are functioning properly.
WHAT SHOULD I DO IF I SPOT A LEAK?
Call W.H. Riley immediately. We will dispatch a tech to your home to properly clean the spill. Please avoid attempting to repair a leak on your own. Do your best to keep the oil from entering the floor drains or sump pump areas.
ARE THERE RISKS OF CARBON MONOXIDE POISONING?
Carbon monoxide is a colorless, odorless, deadly gas that can be produced by the incomplete combustion of heating oil. If your furnace is producing black smoke or soot, call W.H. Riley right away. This is a sign your unit is not functioning properly and the potential for carbon monoxide poisoning exists. You should also look for the telltale symptoms of CO poisoning such as headaches, nausea, dizziness and fatigue. While instances of oil heating system-induced carbon monoxide poisoning are rare, installing a carbon monoxide detector will give you additional protection and peace of mind.
W.H. Riley has decades of experience in servicing heating systems in Southeastern Massachusetts. Contact us at 508-699-4651 or 508-822-1282 or online at www.whriley.com.