Everything You Need To Know About Oil Heat

 In Furnaces, Heating Oil

As a homeowner, you have several options for how you heat your home. While oil heat is becoming less common, at Bryan’s Fuel, our technicians are trained in servicing oil-burning equipment, so you’ll never be left in the cold.

If you use oil to heat your home, here’s everything you need to know:

1. You need a reliable service company

In order for your oil equipment to be serviced, it requires your service technician to have an Oil Burner Technician 3 certificate or higher, and not all home comfort businesses have these certifications.

At Bryan’s Fuel, all of our service technicians are trained in residential oil-burning equipment. We also charge the same fee for service calls whether your equipment runs on oil, natural gas, propane, electric or geothermal. Our warehouse is stocked with parts for oil-burning equipment, so if you ever need service, we have the parts on hand.

2. Oil tanks and equipment need to be inspected

In addition to annual maintenance, your oil-burning equipment will need to undergo an extensive inspection every 10 years. This inspection will make sure that your oil equipment is still operating safely and your fuel provider will be able to let you know if and when it will need to be replaced.

3. Know the price of your oil

The price of oil fluctuates every day, and at Bryan’s Fuel, we are committed to supplying oil competitively and  adjusting the customer’s price upwards or downwards exactly instep with the fluctuation of the industry wholesale cost that is posted publicly. On the day that we deliver your oil, you will pay the price that is posted that day.

We believe in complete price transparency. That’s why our website is updated every day with the latest oil pricing information.

Important Fact: At Bryan’s Fuel, you’ll only ever pay the price per litre of oil with us — no additional delivery fees or environmental charges.

4. Oil tanks need to be replaced

Eventually, both your fuel provider and insurance company will require you to replace your oil tank due to age and tank condition. Typically, the lifespan of an oil tank is between 15-25 years depending on the thickness and location. At this time, it will be important for homeowners to research whether it’s best to replace the oil tank, or switch fuel sources.

5. Plan for the future

Like any home heating equipment, your oil-burning equipment will need to be maintained and repaired more often as it ages, so it’s important to compare the cost to repair versus the cost to replace your heating equipment. At Bryan’s Fuel, we will always provide you with a no-obligation quote that includes repair work and replacement options so you can make an informed decision about how to proceed.

It’s also important to understand that oil heat is not your only option. While many homeowners prefer to stay with this heating method because it’s familiar, if your equipment comes to the end of its life or your insurance company is pushing you to change your heating method, you have other options for heat.

The Home Comfort Advisors at Bryan’s Fuel will provide you with all of the replacement options, outlining the upfront cost as well as a running cost comparison, of all your fuel options. By distributing, installing and servicing equipment powered by all of these fuel sources, we offer unbiased solutions to our customers.

At Bryan’s Fuel, we offer plans for oil heat, so you can rely on your oil-burning equipment to keep you comfortable throughout the winter. Contact us to learn more about our service plans and fuel delivery plans.

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