The winters are long here in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania. You rely on your furnace to keep you and your family toasty warm all winter long. The last thing you want to happen when the snow is falling is to have your furnace run out of fuel. Be sure to call us early in the season, so your fuel delivery won’t be delayed, causing inconvenient heater servicing or repairs. Let’s look at what may happen if your tank does run out of heating fuel.

The Burner Will Shut Down

To keep the boiler from becoming damaged, there is a safety mechanism built into the system that will shut the boiler down there if there is no fuel to combust. While this does save your boiler from harm, the burner needs inspection and resetting by our professional technicians to allow the heater to work again. Don’t let your tank get below one-quarter of a tank to prevent the burner switch from shutting down.

Clogged Filters, Fuel Lines, and Burners

If you do run out of oil, chances are your filter, fuel lines, and burner system will become clogged with gunk and debris that settles in the bottom of the tank. Our service technicians will come to your home and either clean or replace any dirty parts to prevent dirt from getting into your boiler once it has been refilled with fuel.

The System will Need to Be Reset

If air gets into the oil lines, the system will need to be bled of any trapped air. After refilling the tank with oil, our technicians will need to find the bleeder valve and insert tubing to clear the lines. Once cleaned and cleared, the lines allow the oil to flow freely again. At that point, we will restart the furnace, and your heater will begin to warm your house once again. Avoid these steps by simply calling us for a fuel delivery before running out.

To schedule an appointment for fuel delivery or for repairs on your heating system, call Sullivan Oil & Propane today at (610) 810-3992.

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