Heating Repair & Maintenance Tips

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Before you call the heater repair professional, here are recommendations to keep your heating system working great this winter. Here are some furnace tips to understand and take care of your heating system. Here you will discover 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 heater:.
Check the circuit breaker that controls your central heater. Turn it on.
Look for the furnace switch. Commonly it’s near the furnace. Turn it on.
Set your thermostat, switch the furnace 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 collected as much dust as it can without slowing up the airflow in your air system. That’s the time to change the filter. Change it annually, 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 determine if it needs replacing 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 fresh 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? Possibly you are wondering if the furnace is pumping air at all? Here’s an easy way to check.
Shut off your furnace 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 bag.
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 should get the system looked at. (See below).
What to do if your central heater won’t start up.
OK, the house is cold, no air is being pumped. The heater is quiet. You do not like 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 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 heater door properly closed?
Do you need to change the furnace filter?
If none of these are the trouble, call your heater repair specialist and they ought to 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.
Switch off the heater at the heater switch or at the breaker box. Them go clear the obstruction, when done switch 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 these, you may have a burnt out ventilator motor. Call the service specialist 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 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 professional, immediately. Don’t stay in a house that is leaking gas.
Ways to save cash on your heat bill!
If your heater is old, think about changing it. New heaters are so much more efficient than old hardware, you will recover the cost of the heating system, 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 save on your heat expense. A lot of gas companies have subsidized programs that will seal up your house for you. Otherwise do it yourself. You check out furtherĀ  Air conditioning and furnace tips here.