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Do you have an oil furnace? Do you have it serviced every year? It is getting cold outside which means it is time to use your heat again. If you have an oilSmoke furnace, you want to watch out for puff backs.

What is a puff back? Puff backs occur when an oil-burning furnace doesn't ignite when it should. Oil vapors build up in the ignition chamber, causing an explosion when the igniter finally triggers. The explosion blows soot and other debris through the furnace's exhaust system and into the heating system, which carries it into the house. If the furnace is connected to a forced air heating system, the ducts can carry the puff back to every room of the house with an open vent.

There are a few steps you can take to prevent puff backs:

·        Inspect and service your heating system yearly

·        Periodically look for oil leaks or soot in the furnace room

·        Check the flue vent connector for any debris

·        If you hear noises or see soot, call your heating company

Do you know if your NH Home Insurance covers puff backs? Call one of our NH Insurance experts at Benway-Johnston Insurance to find out and to get the right protection. Enjoy your warm house this winter knowing your are properly covered by Benway-Johnston Insurance in Derry NH.

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