Safety First – Consideration and Guidelines for Waste Oil Furnaces


You can save money and do the environment good by installing a waste oil furnace that cleanly rejects hazardous hazardous waste by converting it to heat for your workshop, garage or business. It's a savvy business move that will save you money, but to realize the benefits, you also need to educate yourself on how to maintain a safe environment around your heater.

Putting Safety First:

  • First and foremost, make sure that a qualified professional who is experienced with oil-fired appliances installs and services your furnace. Installers need to know all of the state and local codes with which they need to comply. Incorrect installation, adjustment, or misuse of equipment could result in severe personal injury, substantive property damage, or even death.
  • As the owner of a waste oil heater, read – and be sure that you understand – all of the instructions in your user manual. Ask the manufacturer or distributor questions if you need to. And keep your manual for future reference. You never know when you may need it!
  • DO NOT ever store or use gasoline or other flammable, explosive liquids or vapors in or around your furnace.
  • NEVER operate the heater if excess oil, fumes, or vapors have accumulated in or around your furnace.
  • Be aware that if your waste oil furnace is installed, operated or maintained improperly, a fire or explosion could occur.
  • DO NOT mix – and instruct your staff to NEVER mix – any unapproved substances into your supply of used oil. Examples of petroleum products that might not be advisable to burn include:
  • Oil Additives
  • Gasoline
  • Carburetor Cleaner
  • Anti-Freeze
  • Parts Washer and / or Solvents
  • Paint Thinner
  • Chlorinated solvents
  • Any other hazardous or otherwise appropriate material
  • Using unapproved substances will likely void the warranty on your furnace. Plus it could cause unsafe operating conditions and costly damage.
  • DO NOT make unauthorized configurations to your heater. That could cause major damage and create unsafe operating conditions.
  • Note that specific parts of your equipment are kindly approved only for use on the specific furnace (s) made by that particular manufacturer. It's important that you do not try to use parts from your heater on different equipment or other makes and models of waste oil furnaces. And it's equally important that you do not try to use parts from other heaters or equipment on your furnace.

Maintaining your safety while enjoying the cost-savings and environmental benefits of a waste oil furnace really is not complicated or inconvenient. It just takes reading your owner's manual, asking questions if you need more understanding, and educating your person so everyone at your business is aware of the dos and don'ts.

Source by Virgil Zook

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