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Clogged Filter & Fuel Lines Cleaning

By Clean Fuels Associates, Inc. | Glen Burnie, Annapolis, MD & Arlington, VA

If you have recently moved into a home with a heating and air conditioning system that uses heating oil, then you may not understand exactly how to perform maintenance on the boiler. While this is true, there are some things that you need to be aware of so you can identify issues before they become problematic. One of the most common problems you will run into is a fuel filter that becomes clogged.

Clean Fuels Associates, Inc. provides homeowners with the most satisfactory clogged filter & fuel lines cleaning services.

Why Does the Fuel Filter Clog?

Under normal circumstances, the fuel filter will only need to remove a small bit of water, debris, and wax as the fuel is fed through the system. However, debris can build quite quickly if the oil tank is old, if it has a hole, or if rust has started to develop on the inside.

In essence, the fuel filter is like a large sponge that allows the fluid to flow through while the solid matter is trapped. As the sponge fills with debris, less and less of the solid matter can be held by the sponge. Some of the solids will then make their way through the system. The fuel pump does have a small strainer attached to it to collect any debris that makes its way through the system, but this part can clog quite easily as well.

Clogged Filter & Fuel Lines Cleaning by Clean Fuels Associates, Inc.
If solids make their way past the filter and the strainer, then the fuel spray nozzle can become clogged and the system will no longer work. In this case, the filter, strainer, and nozzle will all need to be cleaned or replaced.

What Are the Signs of a Clog?

There are a number of signs to look for that include a boiler that is running hard. For example, if the furnace does not turn on quickly and seems to rumble and stall as it starts, then this is a sign that the fuel filter is not allowing a good volume of oil to pass through it.

Also, if you notice that the heating system releases some darker-colored smoke through your chimney, then this is an indication that the filter is allowing some water to move from the filter to the spray nozzle. This happens when the filter is full of debris and water and cannot hold any more material.

If your heating oil system cycles off and you need to manually start it at least a few times a week, then this is a sign that the filter is allowing some debris to move to the sprayer. A small clog or a temporary clog can cause this problem and keep the system from getting the quantity of oil it needs. Without a good volume of oil, the system stops running.

Why Choose Clean Fuel Associates, Inc.?

We lead the fuel tank maintenance and supply business in using equipment that surpasses OSHA standards, as well as DOT and EPA regulations. This allows our clients to rest easy, knowing that our service programs meet regulatory compliance, and federal and state legislation.

Having the expertise and tools required to deal with Class 3 hazardous wastes, such as gasoline, diesel, and jet propulsion fuel, Clean Fuels Associates, Inc. is respected as a dependable source for fuel disposal services. Our vac truck pump-off capabilities enable us to provide emergency spill containment in addition to addressing Class 3 hazardous wastes.

Call us today at 844-694-3230 from anywhere in New Jersey, North Carolina, Maryland, Rhode Island, Pennsylvania, or any other of our service areas to find out which Clean Fuels fuel tank maintenance services will best meet your needs.