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What experience do the Technicians behind Husky Fuel have?

The Technicans at Husky have experience dating back to the 1970s as they've been in HVAC business for 3 generations. Committed to customer happiness, our team stops at nothing to provide top of the line service.

How is Husky Fuel LLC different from its competitors?

At Husky Fuel, our clients are family. As cliché as that sounds, by forming relationships with each one of our customers we can insure customer satisfaction and keep an open line of communication in case of any changes or issues!

What areas does Husky Fuel LLC work in?

Our Technicians and Oil Trucks proudly serve Fairfield, Litchfield and New Haven County, Connecticut. In our area of operation and have a question? Don't hesitate to call our team at 203-888-2082 !

How often should I have my heating and/or cooling unit serviced?

Once a year each unit should be serviced.

- Annual Servicing will ensure your units are running effectively and efficiently.

- Servicing will make sure air and water quality stays optimal.

- Servicing also ensures the longevity of your units. Without proper servicing and cleaning, your units lifespan can be cut by over 50%!

- Servicing and maintaining your units also increases the value of a home if there comes a time you’re looking to sell.

Want to schedule a servicing before the cold weather gets here and ensure your units longevity?

Call 203-888-2082, don’t forget to ask about our Fall Specials and Service Contracts!

What is soot and why is important that your units get cleaned before heating season or if you see signs of soot buildup?

  • Soot is a black powdery or flaky substance consisting largely of amorphous carbon, produced by the incomplete burning of organic matter (Fuel). When fuel is burned, it breaks down into a black powdery substance. This powdery substance can buildup quickly and cause problems to both the unit and the air you have heating your home or water.

  • Once soot enters your blood stream, it can cause a wide array of serious health issues, including respiratory issues, shortness of breath, bronchitis, asthma, stroke, heart attack, and cancer.

How do I recognize if my unit has soot buildup?

  • Check the attached photos, if your unit or vents has the same black powdery substance on or around it; it is definitely time to schedule a cleaning.

  • Is your family having respiratory issues that are an ongoing problem? Air quality can be effected without having a noticeable change in color or smell.

Why is it important to have your units cleaned if you recognize a soot buildup?

  • Soot buildup can cause a unit and/or its internal parts to break down much faster. This will result in much more expensive repairs down the road.

  • Soot buildup can lead to soot coming out of the unit or air vents and ultimately cause black stains around your unit or vents.

  • Soot buildup in any form can cause health issues for humans, especially those with respiratory issues. We suggest having your units checked and cleaned twice a year if air quality needs to stay optimal for health concerns.

Do you know where your Heating Units Emergency Switch is?

Your units emergency switch is usually located on the side of the unit. This switch usually has a silver or red paneling and has a label “Emergency” on it.

Why should you know where your units Emergency Switch is?

When troubleshooting a unit via phone, a technician may ask if you have tried turning your unit off and on via the Emergency Switch; this at times will restart a unit and may allow an issue to fix itself.

When working on a unit, the Emergency Switch should be placed in the off position. The Emergency Switch acts as an electrical cut off. Think of it as a breaker on your unit for your unit. When this switch is flipped in the off position, all electrical supply to the unit will be shut off.

Emergency situations can arise with a unit. If you’re having issues with soot buildup coming through your vents or carbon monoxide levels rising in your home the best thing to do is turn your unit off immediately and wait for a professional to come out. They will check that both the unit and your ducts are free of anything that would cause gas buildups in your home and fix any findings.

Concerned about your unit? Concerned about air quality?

Call 203-888-2082 !

What are the physical signs that your hot water heater needs servicing or possibly to be replaced?

Poor Water Quality - If your water has an odor or is not coming out clear you may have an issue. Sediment builds up in the bottom of tanks as time goes on. Having someone come out and flush out your tank may be ideal for this scenario.

Leaking - Does your unit have water leaking on or around the unit? Does your unit have large amounts of rust accumulating? If so, your unit should be serviced. This may help save your unit by limiting the amount of damage the rust can ultimately do.

Inconsistent Temperature - Are you having trouble controlling the temperature of the water? Are you experiencing changes in temperature without touching the faucet handles? These are signs that your hot water heater may be going out or possibly needs to be upgraded to meet the demand of your home.

Age - Do you know the age of your hot water heater? Hot water heaters are built to last 10-15 years with proper cleaning and servicing. If your unit is in that age range, it would be smart to have a technician come out and check your hot water heater.

Any of the following noises coming from your hot water heater may also indicate that your unit may have a problem.

  • Creaking

  • Rattling

  • Banging

  • Knocking

  • Whining

If your experiencing any of the following issues let our team at Husky Fuel get you squared away. 

What are signs that your Boiler is experiencing issues and should be checked in the near future?

Is your boiler requiring regular repairs?

Are maintenance costs adding up? It may be time to replace your Boiler. Depending on the age off the unit and the issues your facing, replacing the unit may be the most cost efficient option.

Are you experiencing heating issues?

This could mean that your unit is taking longer than normal to warm up, or that rooms are being heated unequally. If your experiencing these issues, having a tech come out to check your unit would be a smart decision. These could be indicators that your unit is on its last legs.

Is your Boiler leaking?

This is usually experienced with older units, and can usually be traced back to fittings or valves that have degraded overtime. These leaks may ultimately lead to electrical shortages. When dealing with oil or gas, electrical shortages can be a very dangerous problem. Getting ahead of a leak by calling a technician will save you countless dollars and stress down the road.

Is your Unit rated for energy efficiency? Does it have an “A”?

Units are rated with an annual fuel-utilization-efficiency (AFUE) score on a scale from A to G. A being the most energy efficient, G being the least energy efficient. 

Units with a efficiency rating of “A” burn 90% of the fuel completely that goes through the burner, the other 10% are sent through the chimney or other vents in place. These units are considered to be high efficiency.

Units with an efficiency rating of “G” burn 70% of the fuel completely that goes through the burner, emitting 30% through the chimney or other vents in place. These units are considered to be inefficient.

Why does this matter?

High efficiency systems will cut down on your fuel expenses. If you have a unit that is rated lower than “A” it is considered to be a mid or low efficiency unit. Upgrading to a High Efficiency system will cut back on heating expenses by a noticeable margin.

Newly installed units are required in 2019 to have a minimum efficiency rating of 80%.

When buying a new home, here’s a checklist of things that should be checked before getting into contract or finalizing any sales.

  1. Check the Furnace

With any home purchase, make sure to have the furnace checked by a certified technician during the home inspection. Your technician should be able to tell you the condition of the older furnace, and let you know about any potential repairs or costs you could face in the near future.

With your realtor’s help, you may even be able to subtract all or part of the cost of the furnace from the seller’s asking price. If the existing furnace does pass inspection, have it rechecked annually. Be sure to keep your family safe by installing carbon monoxide detectors in your home.

  1. Check the Air Conditioner Condenser

If your older home does not have an air conditioning system, you may be wondering how much it will cost to install a new central air conditioner. Our team at Husky Fuel can provide you with a quote including the cost of installation, labor and equipment.

Even if the home does have an existing central air conditioning system, you may still consider replacing it. Older air conditioners are usually less efficient than newer models, and replacing old systems could result in significant energy savings over the life of the system.

  1. Check the Duct Work

If you are dealing with a central air and/or heating system, duct work will be installed throughout your new home.

Visible indicators that your ductwork may need to be checked by a professional would be the following.

Ductwork seems loose or shakey, it doesn’t seem like its properly setup and bracketed in place.

Ductwork seems to have multiple holes or patches that are leaking copious amounts of air.

Ductwork is sweating, this means that the ducts that are currently in place are being cooled to a point where condensation is forming. This happens because outside temperatures far exceed the air temperature thats being pumped through the ducts. This condensation will eventually drip down and cause water damage along the ductwork.

If you see water along the ducts and have questions the best thing to do is have a professional come out and check for causes. It is likely if your ductwork is sweating that wrapping the ducts in proper insulation will keep the air cooled properly as it travels and condensation to a minimum.

How do you determine if your air conditioning is running efficiently?

  1. Turn the AC unit on and leave it running for at least 15 minutes on an 80 degree day.

  2. Place a thermometer on the supply register that is closest to the cooling equipment.

  3. Keep the thermometer in place for at least five minutes before looking at the temperature.

  4. Repeat those same three steps at the return vent.

If your air conditioner unit is working well, then the air that is coming out should be at least 15 degrees cooler than the air that is coming inside. Should you notice that the machine is not getting your home cool enough, you likely have a leak, or the machine could use a fresh filter. You should have a technician come in and check the inside the machine to determine what the problem actually is.

Do you have allergies? Do your children have allergies? Have you seen a dramatic difference in allergy flareups?

We at Husky Fuel can help you with that. 

In Air Conditioning units, allergy particles can easily buildup on air filters and within the unit and ultimately cause continuous air quality issues. By having your unit serviced regularly you can eliminate any of these issues. 

During the servicing of a unit, the entire unit is vacuumed out and filters are changed. This is required to keep air quality optimal. It is suggested that you check your filters every 3-4 months for dust and dirt buildup, especially if you’re having issues with allergies.

Never changed a filter? No problem. Call our team at Husky Fuel and schedule a servicing. Our technicians can give you a walk through of your unit and how to check the filter while they’re there.

Do you have wet spots near or around your Air Conditioning, Heating and/or Water Heating Unit(s)

This likely means you have a leak somewhere in your unit. Water can accumulate overtime and cause corrosion on not only the unit but its fittings and piping as well. If untreated, water can accumulate and cause damage to the house and it’s structure as well.

Some possible causes of water leakage:

Clogged Drain Lines

Corrosion Build Up 

Ice Buildup from long term Continuous Use

Pipes and Fittings Incorrectly Sealed

Shutoffs Not Placed I’m Correct Position.

So if you have watermarks around your unit, what should you do?

Be safe. Call a technician. Let one of the experts assess the problem.