Heating Maintenance Tips

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Before you call the heating repair technician, here are recommendations to keep your furnace performing good this winter. Here are some heater tips to understand and take care of your heating system. Here you will learn 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 breaker that controls your furnace. Turn it on.
Look for the heater switch. Usually it’s near the furnace. Turn it on.
Set your thermostat, switch the furnace to heat, turn up the temperature and the heater ought to be going!
How to change your furnace filter.
The furnace filter takes the dust out of the air that your furnace is moving. After a while, it’s accumulated 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 changing if you see it covered with dust. You ought to be able to see through the filter. If you can’t, change it. Actually, 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 Furnace’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 down your heater at the thermostat. Take a standard sized plastic garbage bag and tape it around a heat register. Turn on the heater. Time how many seconds it takes to fill up the sack.
Seconds: 2 = 75 CFM (cubic feet/minute).
Seconds: 4 = 40 CFM.
Seconds: 10 = 20 CFM.
If your system is pumping under 10 CFM, then you need to 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 man and have it be something you could have repaired yourself. What to do?
Check the furnace switch, Is it on?
Is the thermostat set correctly? Is it switched to heat? Is the temperature 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 correctly closed?
Do you need to change the furnace filter?
If none of the above are the trouble, call your heater repair technician and they should be able to diagnose 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.
Shut off the heater at the heater switch or at the breaker box. Them go remove the obstruction, when done turn the furnace 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 take a look.
Do you smell gas?
Gas smells a bit like rotten eggs. It can explode or it can asphyxiate you. If you smell gas, don’t flip any switches. Open up your windows and go to a neighbours to call the gas company, and/or the fire department or your furnace repair technician, instantly. Don’t stay in a home that is leaking gas.
Ways to save cash on your heat expense!
If your heater is outdated, think about changing it. New heaters are so much more efficient than old hardware, you will recover the cost of the heater, eventually, in your gas savings.
Does your residence leak air?
A major loss of heat is around doors and windows. Seal up the cracks to minimize your heat expense. A lot of gas companies have subsidized programs that will seal up your house for you. Otherwise do it yourself. You can get further information, Here.