Your home's heating oil filter needs to be replaced annually to ensure optimal performance of your home's furnace. Many homeowners choose to change their home's heating oil filter either at the end or beginning of the home heating season. If you're not in the habit of changing your home's oil filter on a regular basis, now is the perfect time to start. Make spring the time of year when you change your home's heating filter. Doing it at the same time every year will help you remember to get the job done. To change the filter, follow the procedure below.
Gather Your Tools
- Newspaper or paper towels
- Screw driver
- Tub or small bucket
Don't forget that you'll also need a new oil filter. You can purchase new oil filters at home improvement centers and hardware stores, or you can talk to your home heating oil supply company to find out where you can purchase a filter suitable for your needs.
- Turn off your furnace, which can be done by flipping the red switch on the wall near the appliance.
- Look for the oil filter canister on your furnace's oil tank. This will be located on the pipe that leads out from the bottom of the tank. The oil filter canister will be shaped like a little garbage can or a fire hydrant.
- Spread newspapers beneath the canister, then put the tub or bucket on top of the newspapers. Position the tub so that it will catch oil as it runs out of the canister.
- Close the safety valve on the pipe where the oil filter canister is located. This will stop the oil from running out of the tank when you're changing the filter.
- Loosen the bolt on the bottom of the canister with a wrench, then remove the bottom portion of the canister.
- Remove the old filter from the canister. You may need tools to pry out parts of the filter, which can get stuck to the inside of the canister.
- Wash the canister in warm, soapy water. Use a rag to clean off excess oil.
- Drop the new oil filter into the canister with the narrow end of the filter pointing up.
- Put the canister back on the furnace. Use the wrench to bolt the canister back to the heating oil tank.
- Re-open the safety valve.
- Bleed the oil into the filter by loosening the screw between the safety valve and the canister. Oil will start to leak out of the canister. When a steady stream of oil is flowing out of the canister and into the bucket, the filter is properly saturated. Tighten the screw to turn off the flow of oil.
Once this is done, your task is complete. Doing this one time per year will ensure that your home's heating oil will be properly filtered. Contact your oil company, like Olympic Energy LLC, for more information.