Plan to perform the annual maintenance before you need to use the oil heater for the first time of the season. Early autumn is ideal for arranging for a professional to come in to inspect and clean the heater.
Contact an oil heater serviceman to come to your home. You need to allot one to 2 hours for his visit.
Make sure the service professional performs all oil heat maintenance tasks. He should inspect the chimney, clean the pipes, remove soot build up, replace the air filter, check oil pressure and clean the oil filter bowl.
Opt for a service plan. These plans include the cost of inspection, annual clean-up and maintenance, as well as emergency repairs.
Measure the temperature of the flue gases. This will tell you how well the oil heater is warming the home and ensure that the temperature is not above the maximum allowed amount. Using a special metal thermometer from a heating supply store, you should find the temperature between 350 degrees F and 540 degrees F.
Replace the air filter on the oil heater once a month. Permanent air filters can be purchased that are laundered once a month instead of replaced.