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Frequently Asked Questions About Oil Heating Engineers

Oil heating engineers are specialised professionals who handle the maintenance and repair of oil heating systems. In this article, we cover some of the most commonly asked questions about them.

What Does An Oil Heating Engineer Do?

An oil heating engineer is responsible for installing, maintaining, and repairing oil heating systems. It is their job to ensure that it operates safely, efficiently, and effectively.

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What Qualifications Should I Look For In One?

Look for one who is OFTEC registered first and foremost. OFTEC is the recognised body that certifies professionals in the oil heating industry, ensuring their competence.

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What Services Do Oil Heating Engineers Provide?

Oil heating engineers offer installation, maintenance, repair, and servicing of oil heating systems. They ensure that these systems are compliant with regulations and are performing optimally.

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Why Should I Hire One Instead Of A General Plumber?

Oil heating engineers specialise in oil-fired appliances and possess the expertise needed to handle the unique requirements of oil heating systems.

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How Often Should I Have My Oil Heating System Serviced?

Regular servicing is recommended, typically once a year. This ensures optimal performance, detects potential problems, and ensures it is safe to use.

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Can An Oil Heating Engineer Help With Fuel Efficiency?

Yes. They can optimise fuel efficiency by properly maintaining your system. They are experts in identifying inefficiencies and making the right adjustments to fix them.

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What Should I Do If My Oil Heating System Breaks Down?

Contact an engineer as soon as possible. They can diagnose the problem, perform repairs, and get is up and running again. The quicker you do this, the faster it gets fixed. In addition, the faster you do it, the more likely it is that you reduce the cost of repairing it. Many types of boiler damager fester over time, making the cost of repairs go up, the longer you wait to fix it.

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Are Oil Heating Engineers OFTEC Approved?

Yes. In fact, if they aren’t OFTEC approved, then they aren’t a legally practising oil engineer. Heating engineers are given a position of significant trust within our home. An improperly functioning boiler won’t just fail or work poorly, it could kill you.

A malfunctioning boiler may degrade into something referred to as ‘incomplete combustion’. This is what it is called when the oil or gas being burned in a boiler does not get enough oxygen. Instead of producing carbon dioxide, the boiler instead produces carbon monoxide. This gas is transparent, odourless, and can kill someone in minutes.

Always check to make sure that your heating engineer is OFTEC approved. Otherwise, they aren’t a heating engineer at all.


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