6 Things To Check During A Heating Installation Inspection

The cold season is around the corner, and you might be worried that your heating system is not up to standard. You've scheduled an inspection, but what should the technician pay attention to during a heating installation inspection to determine whether you need a furnace replacement or components changed?

Oil Tanks and Valves

A typical oil-based heating system has an oil tank to hold the fuel, a pump that channels the oil into a burner, or a heat exchanger where it is transformed into heat energy. The technician should check for leaks at all tank fitting points. Check if there's any sign of corrosion, especially at the valves. You might also want to change the oil and clean the tank to remove any sludge if you decide to keep using the current system.

Piping, Drains, and Venting

The heating system uses a series of piping to transport oil or other fuels from the storage tanks to heat-generating apparatus like the furnace in your home's basement. You should check all connections for leaks, especially at joints. You should also check the drain valve for proper operation. 

Air Filters

A malfunctioning air filter can reduce heating efficiency, waste energy, and shorten the life of heating equipment. Check if it is clean or clogged with particles. The technician should check if it is still working as intended and whether you need to change the filter or not.

Burners and Heat Exchangers

Burners use heat exchangers to transform the oil into hot air that heats your home. You should make sure that they are clean, in good condition, and free of any visible defects. 


Your heating system has a thermostat that determines when to heat up or shut down the furnace based on room temperatures. You should check its functionality. If it doesn't shut off after reaching the desired temperature, use a remote sensor to turn it off. This will save on heating energy bills. If your system doesn't have a thermostat, consider getting one. 

Safety Components

A smoke detector and carbon monoxide alarm are safety components of your heating system. They detect fires or the presence of smoke and carbon monoxide, enabling you to respond to safety concerns immediately. Check if these safety components are in good working condition, and when you don't have them, request the technician to help you find suitable choices. 

Sometimes, your heating installation might only require maintenance and repair to function well again.