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Can My Heating Oil Freeze in Fairfax VA?

Each season has its own set of challenges that can affect the functioning of heating, ventilation and air conditioning systems in most homes. The winter season in Fairfax VA can be harsh. If you are a homeowner that uses heating oil to heat your home, you may be susceptible to oil freezing.

How Does Oil Freeze?

“Freezing” is a term that should be used lightly because heating oil doesn’t necessarily freeze. When the temperature outside drops below 32 degrees Fahrenheit the fuel crystallizes, this causes the oil to form a gel or wax-like substance. As this happens, the wax can buildup and clog the filters, as well as the fuel lines. When the lines are clogged, oil will no longer flow freely through the heating equipment or oil lines preventing your home from being heated properly. If the temperature continues to drop outside, the oil will continue to get harder.

Prevention Is Key

To prevent yourself from the frustrations of dealing with issues such as this, you should take preventative measures. We recommend that homeowners insulate any oil lines and their oil tanks to minimize its exposure to extremely cold temperatures. There are numerous products like heating sheets and thermostatically controlled heat tape that can be used for purposes such as this. Check all of your oil lines to make certain there aren’t any curls or dips in it. If it is, then straighten out the lines because water could accumulate and will lie at the bottom of the dips and curls. A nice straight path in your oil lines will ensure your oil has an easy path to your burner. Also, if the oil filter is located outside, it should be moved inside if it’s possible because your oil filter can trap water and other outdoor impurities.

If your heating oi does freeze in Fairfax VA, you will need the help of a professional HVAC company. These freeze-ups can become very costly, especially if you attempt to repair the problem yourself and cause further damage. A licensed HVAC technician will be able to properly assess the situation and make recommendations. The technicians at Brennan’s Heating and Air Conditioning are licensed, professionally trained and certified through the North American Technician Excellence Certification Program (NATE). Technicians who earn this certification have gone through rigorous testing to show their competence on heating, ventilation and air conditioning knowledge.

We are more than qualified to handle any heating oil issues. Our company has been servicing homeowners and businesses in the Fairfax VA area since 1979. Contact us today.

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