A Home's Oil Furnace The Series Windsor County Vermont Home Buyers Part 2

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Contractor with Baker Energy Audits and Commercial Properties Inspections Happiness is Homemade

A Home's Oil Furnace The Series Windsor County Vermont Home Buyers Part 2, the home your looking at to buy will have one of four ways, that it may be heated. A Oil Burner, Electric Furnace, maybe a Wood Burning Furnace, that could be indoors or outdoors, or a Corn Bunrning Furnace. At this time we'll be taken a look at the Oil Tank and Oil Fired Furnace.

The oil fired furnace came to being used in residential homes after World War II as an advance over the widely used coal furnaces of that time. The oil your furnace will use to heat your home, is stored in a large tank. It will be located outdoors or in the basment of your home.

 

Oil Tank Inspection Diagram

 

 

What do I look for, when Inspecting the Oil Tank of a home:

  1. Are the tank's legs unstable or on a shaky foundation.
  2. Is there any signs of rust, weeping, wet spots or dents on the tank.
  3. is the tank blackened at the low end, around the drain area. If there is, it very will could be an indication there is water in the tank, resultant conrrosion inside the tank.
  4. Are there drips or signs of leakage around the fuel line, the filter or any valves areas.
  5. Is there any danger of ice and snow falling on the tank.
  6. Is the vent area clogged or restricted from ice, snow fall, or nest of insects. By using vent screen, it can help prevent insect nest problems.
  7. Does the vent whistie, when the tank is being filled. The way I find this info out, is by asking the fuel delivery guy.
  8. Is there any signs of leakage or spills right around the fill pipe or vent pipe.
  9. Is the tank's fuel level gauge cracked, stuck or feozen. Is there any sign of oil around it.
  10. Is the tank rated for outdoor use, if its mounted outdoors.
  11. Just what is the age of the home's oil tank. This usually is not indicated, unless the tank new than 1998.

 

Oil Tank

 

A Home's Oil Furnace The Series Windsor County Vermont Home Buyers Part 2, between the tank and the burner, is an oil filter and a shutoss valve, which is either at the tank itself or at the oil pumo.

Oil Furnace

 

A typical oil burner. The oil line comes in to the left of the furnace just above the fool, followed by the cutoff valve and then the oil filter. If there is soot around the furnace, disassembled ducts, flues that are falling apart, or flammable materials stored too close to the furnace, like in the above photo. These things will be written up in the Inspection Report.

An oil burner is quite a complicated piece of machinery. The oil first flows into a oil pump, its normally mounted to the left of of the circulator motor, which is always mounted dead center bottom of the system. The pump pressurizes the oil to about 100 psi and sends it through a tiny hole in a nozzle deep inside the unit it sprays an oil mist into the combustion chamber. Electrodes placed near the nozzle send 10,000 volts arcing through the oil mist and igniting it. Once fired, it is self sustaining. The combustion chamber is not open and needs a suppy of air to sustain the flame. This air comes from a blower mounted and run by the same motor that runs the oil pump.

Furnace Diagram

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 The draft regulator cut into the exhaust flue should swing open 1 in. or 2 inchs. If it sould stay permanently open or closed. I'll be writing it up in thr Inspection Report.

A Home's Oil Furnace The Series Windsor County Vermont Home Buyers Part 2, The combustion chamber is not as easily accessible as in most gas burners, so I use a special piece of equipment to help me to inspect the area. Its called a SeeSnake, its a micro Inspection Camera that lets me easily perform visual inspections in challenging areas such as this of the home.

 

SeeSnak Inspection Camera

 

By using equipment like this, is one of things that sets my Home Inspections apart from other Inspectors in the area.

 

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Rainmaker
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Steven L. Smith
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Dale,

So you must have lots of oil furnaces there. I would say that I see them in this order: natural gas, propane, radiant floor by natural gas, gas boilers, baseboards and wall electric, electric furnaces, oil furnaces. They are near the end as far as common here.

August 22, 2009 09:49 AM
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Hi Dale, I'll bet your own home is maintained in tip top shape with all your knowledge about how things in a home should work!

August 22, 2009 09:30 PM
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Howdy there Carl and Ceil, Steven, Shirley

Its sure alway a pleasure to have the four of ya stop by to visit, and to read and write a reply back to each of your comments. On the any one of the posts, here at my little ole Blogging Homestead, my friends

Carl and Ceil - your right on the money about the cost of heating oil, can be expensive. Some folks set up whats called a pre-buy, sometime it works out that the custom makes out good by doing this. The last two years, its been better that folks did not go with the pre-buy, with the way the oil prices was going up and down. And sometimes they end up pay-en more for their heating oil. Folks can have the oil truck to come by their home on a regular scheduled delivery time. And then some others call the oil company they get their heating oil from, to bring them some oil. I've not ever heard of a truck not being able to get to folks, or being delayed in getting to folks. The size of the trucks are the same size as David's truck. Its really not as bad as you would think, it would be to live here in the winter time.

Carl - Thank you kindly, for the kind words my friend!

Steven - there are a lot of oil furnaces here in Vermont and New Hampshire. Theres also the Wood Pellet and Corn Furnaces, Propane and Electric Furnaces, Oil and Propane Boilers, Bascboards, and Outdoor Log Furnaces. The only kind that is not in these parts is Natural Gas Furnaces.

Shirley - I do keep it will maintained, that is the main key to any home.

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August 23, 2009 04:55 AM
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I rarely see above ground oil tanks.  Lots of below ground tanks.  It must be more challenging inspecting below ground tanks.  I would think that you have some of the same issues of rusting that it would find with above ground tanks only more hidden and harder to repair.

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