Every person who owns a home with a fireplace should be aware that your fireplace and chimney system should be inspected and cleaned every year to check for repairs, to make sure that everything is running efficiently, to check for blockages, and to make sure that the creosote buildup is kept at a minimum. Annual inspection and cleaning will help keep your family safe and your fireplace running efficiently. But what many people don’t know is that if you have an oil burning heating appliance, you should also have your chimney checked to make sure that it is running correctly and that there isn’t damage that needs to be repaired.
Oil Burning Appliances
There are some advantages of using an oil burning appliance. The furnace itself is often less expensive to purchase than other types, although you do have to purchase a tank to hold the oil. Also, if there are repairs that need to be made on oil burning appliances, they are easily repaired, which is an advantage in the middle of a cold winter when your furnace stops working. Oil burns hot, which means you’re getting more heat in comparison to other fuel types.
Even though oil burning appliances have their benefits, they still require maintenance and repair. During the winter, you’ll be using your appliance for extended periods of time. When this happens, it leaves behind a residue, or oil soot, which can cling to the interior of your chimney. When this happens, it closes off the chimney, which restricts the flow of air through the chimney. The flue gases won’t be allowed to easily flow out of your home, and this means that the carbon dioxide, nitrogen, and water vapor will stay in your home, causing health issues for you and your family. Even worse is the carbon monoxide that is released. This is an odorless, colorless gas that is extremely poisonous. It can cause a headache, nausea, dizziness, other flu-like symptoms, and if it goes undetected too long, can cause death.
Call Chimney Concepts
When it comes to anything involving your chimney, the chimney company to call is Chimney Concepts. We have been in the business for over 18 years, and we have seen a lot of changes in the fireplace industry. From traditional fireplaces to new and improved gas logs, we’ve seen any problem your fireplace can bring. Whether it’s a cracked flue, a leaky chimney cap, loose flashing, or a chimney blockage, we can fix that. And if your oil flue is having a problem, we’ll know how to fix that, too. In fact, no matter what happens with your oil flue, we are the company to call. Call us today at 262-377-5811 and let us get your gas logs in great shape before winter hits!