Heating Maintenance Tips

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Before you call the home heating maintenance technician, here are recommendations to keep your heating system performing good this winter. Here are some heater tips to understand and take care of your heating system. Here you will find out how test your furnace, how to turn it on and what to do if it won’t light.
Here’s how to turn on your heating unit:.
Check the circuit breaker that regulates your central heater. Turn it on.
Look for the heater switch. Commonly it’s near the furnace. Turn it on.
Set your thermostat, switch the heater to heat, turn up the temperature level and the heater ought to be going!
How to change your heater filter.
The furnace filter takes the dust out of the air that your heater is moving. After a while, it’s gathered as much dirt as it can without slowing up the airflow in your air system. That’s the time to change the filter. Change it yearly, in the fall, or more often, as needed. Filters are cheap and only take a few minutes to swap out.
Open the furnace or filter door, Sometimes you have to look around a little to find it. It will be in the ductwork that returns air to your furnace.
Slide the old filter out. You can tell if it needs swapping if you see it covered with dust. You ought to be able to see through the filter. If you can’t, change it. Really, filters are cheap enough, change it anyway.
Slide in the new filter. Write the date on the visible end of the filter.
Shut the door.
How to test your Heater’s airflow.
Do you have a cold room in your house? Maybe you are wondering if the heater is pumping air at all? Here’s an easy way to check.
Shut off your heater at the thermostat. Take a standard sized plastic garbage bag and tape it around a heat register. Turn on the furnace. Time how many seconds it takes to fill up the bag.
Seconds: 2 = 75 CFM (cubic feet/minute).
Seconds: 4 = 40 CFM.
Seconds: 10 = 20 CFM.
If your system is pumping below 10 CFM, then you should get the system checked out. (See below).
What to do if your furnace won’t start up.
OK, the house is cold, no air is being pumped. The furnace is quiet. You hate to call the service guy and have it be something you could have fixed yourself. What to do?
Check the furnace switch, Is it on?
Is the thermostat set properly? Is it switched to heat? Is the heat level set high enough?
If the thermostat has batteries, are they fresh?
Is the venting for the central heater blocked by snow or ice? (See below).
Is the circuit breaker in the breaker box switched on?
Is the furnace door properly closed?
Do you have to change the furnace filter?
If none of these are the problem, call your furnace repair technician and they ought to be able to pinpoint and fix the problem.
How to remove vent blockages.
If you think the heater vent is plugged with ice or snow, here’s what you should try.
Switch off the heater at the heater switch or at the breaker box. Them go clear the obstruction, when done switch the heating system back on.
What to do if your heater isn’t blowing air?
If your heater isn’t moving air and you’ve checked all of the above, you might have a burnt out ventilator motor. Call the service technician and get them to check it out.
Do you smell gas?
Gas smells a bit like rotten eggs. It can blow up or it can asphyxiate people. If you smell gas, don’t flip any switches. Open up your windows and go to a neighbors to call the gas company, and/or the fire department or your furnace repair professional, right away. Don’t stay in a home that is leaking gas.
How to save money on your heat bill!
If your heating system is old, consider changing it. New heaters are so much more efficient than old hardware, you will make back the cost of the furnace, eventually, in your gas savings.
Does your home leak air?
A major loss of heat is around doors and windows. Seal up the cracks to minimize your heat bill. A lot of gas companies have subsidized programs that will seal up your house for you. Otherwise do it yourself. Check here for other articles on your central air.