Understanding the basic operation of your oil furnace will help you maintain a comfortable home this winter. It is important to learn how to clean and maintain furnace components. Take this quiz to see how fired up your knowledge of how to repair oil furnaces is.
Most modern home oil systems are:
Which statement is true?
An oil furnace is an elaborate combination of parts.
An oil furnace is a simple combination of parts.
Neither answer is true.
How can you identify the furnace's switches and reset buttons?
Where is the safety device to monitor the burner?
in the stack
next to the master switch
above the reset button
What does black chimney smoke indicate?
incomplete oil burning
How many times a year should the blower be cleaned?
How often should you clean the thermometer?
beginning of heating season
midway through the heating season
end of heating season
What type of lubrication should be used on the blower motor?
10-weight non detergent motor oil
Who is qualified to clean or replace the furnace's filter?
What will happen if the oil tank is empty?
The burner will not fire.
The furnace will not turn on.
Both answers are correct.
How often should the oil furnace's filter be maintained?
If the oil furnace has an oil strainer, when should this component be cleaned?
same time as the filter
during service call
What material is used to clean the strainer?
soak in kerosene
clean with a toothbrush
When should you replace the strainer?
every two years
if torn or substantially bent
How often should you clean the stack control?
every two years
Why does the stack control need to be cleaned so often?
Soot builds up quickly.
The control is very fragile.
The control may overheat.
What product should you use to clean the stack control?
stack control commercial cleaner
vinegar and water
What type of cement is used for furnaces?
A furnace may have how many master switches?
How do you know when the draft regulator needs maintenance?