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How To Prevent A Furnace Puff Back In Your Nunica Home

2/10/2022 (Permalink)

Oil burning furnace after a puff back This Nunica home recently suffered damage throughout their home due to a furnace puff back.

A puff back happens when an oil burning furnace does not ignite right away.  Oil vapors build up in the ignition chamber, which causes an explosion when the igniter finally does trigger.  The explosion blows soot and other debris through the furnace's exhaust system and into the heating system, carrying it into the home.  If the furnace is connected to a forced air heating system, the ducts can carry the puff back to every room in the home with a vent open.

Common Reasons For Puff Backs:

  • Leaks in the oil supply piping
  • Heater shutdown problems
  • Clogged or damaged oil spray nozzle
  • Issues with chimney or heater installation
  • Problems with combustion gas venting

Preventing Puff Backs:

  • Know the warning signs - oil leaks, loud startup, noise after shutoff, sooty operation, strange odors
  • Address problems immediately
  • Have your heating system serviced on a regular basis

If your Nunica home was experienced a furnace puff back, call SERVPRO of Holland / West Ottawa County.  We have the training and expertise to help make your damage "Like it never even happened.", 616-396-8180

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