We Sweep Oil & Gas Furnace, Boiler & Water Heater Flues
Most homeowners do not understand the importance of routine oil and gas flue sweepings. It’s often assumed that the chimney venting the furnace, boiler, or water heater is checked by the technician servicing the appliance itself, but unfortunately, that’s not true.
Oil and gas central heating flues still require certain regular upkeep to ensure they operate at maximum efficiency while keeping homeowners safe, and that’s not the job of the furnace technician.
Luckily, our professionally trained and certified technicians can handle all your flue sweeping needs in the Worcester, MA area! We inspect and clean oil and gas furnace flues, and we can make sure yours is operating as it should, so you can enjoy a safer, more comfortable home and a longer-lasting furnace. It all starts with a chimney inspection…
Why Chimney Inspections Are Important, Even For Central Heating System Flues
The National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) Standard 211 states that chimney systems require annual inspections, and cleanings as repairs as necessary. Why are these inspections so important that they should be done every year, without fail?
Chimney interiors are susceptible to breakdown and decay without these important annual inspections and sweepings, especially oil and gas furnace flues. This regular service pays dividends for many years, as it catches any potential damage before it leads to costly repairs.
What Causes Oil & Gas Furnace Flues To Breakdown?
One of the leading causes of breakdown and damage in an oil or gas furnace flue is soot. Soot is a byproduct of combustion made up of carbon and sulphur. Moisture from the flue gases combines with the sulphur in the soot, creating sulphuric acid. This acid is then absorbed into the flue file, and causes damage, like spalling or flaking. Even flues lined with metal liners can deteriorate and corrode as a result of soot and moisture.
You may think that having a high efficiency boiler or furnace eliminates this problem, but unfortunately, that’s not the case. Newer, higher efficiency appliances can actually be even harder on their liners, because these produce more condensation and water vapor in the chimney, not in the appliance.
At Firesafe Chimney Services, we know that neglecting the regular service of central heating flues results in unnecessary property damage, safety hazards, and shortened appliance life. That’s why we urge our customers to schedule inspections each and every year.
Inspections involve examining the chimney exterior, portions available within the home, and the interior through closed circuit video equipment. Finally, the flue is swept if necessary.
Our technicians perform each inspection with one common goal of detecting any hidden damage that could result in injury or further property deterioration. If an inspection reveals damage, our staff assesses the situation to determine the course of action moving forward. We can also schedule your next annual inspection if there are no further repairs or maintenance required this year.
Give Us a Call Today!
Despite their convenience and efficiency, the chimney venting your oil or gas furnace, boiler, or hot water heater still requires regular maintenance such as sweepings, repairs, and inspections. If you live in Massachusetts and are due for your annual services or have noticed any signs of damage to the exterior of your chimney, give Firesafe Chimney Services a call at 413-436-7946 to schedule an appointment! You can also reach out to us right here on our website to schedule.