If your home has an oil burning furnace, there are several dangers to be aware of. Any furnace can experience a puffback but puffbacks are more common with oil system.
What is a puffback?
A puffback is a misfire in an oil burning furnace that can send soot throughout your home. A puffback mostly occurs during the cold weather. When your furnace has a puffback, it can be multiple small puffbacks or a single large one, which releases soot and smoke into the system and out of the vents.
Puffbacks can be very damaging and can spread soot throughout all areas of your home. The soot from a puffback can cause damage to wood, furniture, drywall, and other various things in your home.
The damage caused by the soot can become permanent if not effectively treated by a professional. Moreover, the damage from soot is difficult to clean properly because it requires specialized soot cleanup. Puffbacks can also leave a bad smell in your home and even worse, cause damage to the internal components of your heating system.
The sooner the puffback damage is addressed, the less damage there will be from the smoke and soot. It’s important to make sure the soot does not spread to new areas, try and contain it.
Puffback prevention is key to avoiding costly repair damage later; a little work now will pay off in the long run, and save you time, money, and stress. Schedule to have your furnace professional serviced by an expert every year. Regular scheduled cleanings will get rid of debris and oil buildup within the furnace that could cause puffbacks.
Make sure the professional fully inspects your furnace to look for any potential problems. You can further prevent any issues from developing by looking for signs of soot or odd smells or even strange noises coming from the furnace.
Install a Carbon Monoxide Detector
When a puffback occurs, it is possible the level of carbon monoxide in your home will increase. By installing a carbon monoxide detector, you can detect a puffback when it is in the early stage.
Will Insurance Cover My Puffback Damage?
Your homeowner’s insurance policy will normally cover any damage to your home caused by a furnace puffback. However, the cost to repair your furnace may not be covered as it is most likely a maintenance issue. Additionally, the cost of hiring a professional restoration company and other expenses would be covered as part of the insurance claim and off course are subject to your policy deductible.
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