Signs Of A Failing Burner

There is nothing like coming into the house when it is freezing cold outside. Having a good heating system is imperative in some areas of the country. In fact it is not safe to have a home that is not heated. The problem is that often during the coldest months of winter, a heating system starts to malfunction. This is often because the increased use of the heating system. For those with oil burners, it is important that you watch for a few different signs that can mean your system is having major problems. Here are a few things to watch for with an oil burner. 

Increased Soot

One of the major problems that you need to watch for is an increased amount of soot on your burner. The increased soot can mean that your burner is not functioning properly. The problem with increased soot is that it could mean that the burner is putting off carbon monoxide. This is a gas that replaces oxygen in the body and can actually be deadly. So, this is a very bad problem to be having. If you do not have carbon monoxide detectors, it is important to get them. If your burner is putting out an increased amount of soot, then call the technician to look at the burner.

Energy Bills

There are many different reasons that your energy bill may be slowly rising, but a common problem is when a furnace is not as efficient as it used to be. If the oil burner is not able to produce heat as efficiently then your energy bills may start to rise. Usually this sign will be accompanied by increased soot on the burner. However, an inefficient burner can also have no signs of being inefficient. Watch your energy bills closely and if they continually rise, it may be time to call the technician.


It is never good to have a maintenance problem with a burner, but if you have noticed that you are calling the technician on a more frequent basis, then you may have a burner that is starting to fail. Increased failures usually means that the burner is on its last leg. The maintenance can be very expensive and you are likely to be better served by a new burner. If you are having increased failures you may want to note the reason for the failures and if it is the same parts. Talk to your technician about different reasons the failures could be happening and decide if a new burner is the answer.