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Although repair and installation of comfort systems should always be left to a Dominick Fuel professional, there are several do-it-yourself projects you can tackle around the home.
How to Test Your Heating Oil System
We recommend that you test your heating oil unit before each heating season starts. You don't want to be left out in the cold when winter weather arrives. Just follow these three simple steps:
How to Adjust Your Thermostat for Energy Savings
You can get significant savings off your fuel bill just by adjusting your thermostat. Take a look at our interactive thermostat to see how much you could save!
What to Do if the Heat Shuts Off
If your heat shuts off at some point during a heating season, don't panic! Before calling Dominick Fuel for what might be an unnecessary "no heat" call, don't forget to ask yourself these three simple questions:
How to Check for Air Leaks in Your Home
You don't need to be an experienced "do-it-yourselfer" to improve your home's weather sealing. With a little time and the help of a partner, you can easily detect leaks that let outdoor air infiltrate the home.
Some of the most common trouble spots are:
You can confirm the leak at night by turning off the lights and shining a flashlight across the leaking area from the inside while someone stands outside and looks for cracks where the light is detectable.
If your basement or aboveground tank can be inspected or is visible, Dominick Fuel can check your tank during your annual tune-up. You can also visually inspect the tank yourself.
Watch for these signs:
A: Homes left empty or uninhabited during the winter are at prime risk for sustaining frozen pipes and costly water damage. Water from broken pipes can flood a house in mere hours, causing massive structural damage and loss of personal property. To prevent this from happening to you, make sure the thermostat is set no lower than 55 degrees before you leave, and arrange for someone to supervise your home if you plan to be away for any length of time. For more information, click here.
Fuel Delivery Lines
Q: How do I know if I should replace my fuel delivery lines?
A: If left unprotected, copper-made fuel delivery lines that have been placed below ground or in contact with concrete may deteriorate, resulting in line leaks. When this happens, oil could be released, causing environmental damage that will require a costly cleanup. To avoid putting your pocket and your conscience at risk, have your fuel delivery lines inspected and replaced with sleeved lines if necessary. Contact us to assist you with this upgrade.
Preventing Leaks and Spills
Q: What can I do to prevent oil leak and spills?
A: The average cost of an oil leak can range from $20,000 to $50,000, with some costing even more, so you're right to be concerned. Fortunately, there are several things that can be done to ensure the integrity of your system.
Each year, you should visually inspect your tank, piping and fuel delivery line. If you find a leak, notify us immediately. In addition, every year you should have us clean the furnace and repair or replace any damaged parts. A well-maintained furnace means lower fuel bills and cleaner emissions. Furthermore, when fall comes around, we should inspect the vent pipe to ensure that it is free of obstructions and that an audible signal (whistle) is on the vent. Our technicians listen for the whistle to help avoid overfills.
Last but certainly not least, whenever appropriate remove abandoned fill and vent pipes, clearly mark the location of the tank's fill pipe, and install an oil safety valve or replace the fuel delivery line with one encased in a protective sleeve.
Remember, the older your heating system gets, the more vulnerable it becomes. Thus, the best way to prevent leaks and spills is to upgrade to a modern, fuel-efficient system.