Heater Maintenance Tips

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Before you call the home heating maintenance specialist, here are suggestions to keep your heating system operating great this winter. Here are some furnace tips to understand and take care of your heating system. There are other furnace tip articles at:  http://airconditioningrepairboise.org/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 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 determine 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. Really, filters are cheap enough, replace it anyway.
Slide in the fresh filter. Write the date on the visible edge of the filter.
Close the door.
How to test your Furnace’s airflow.
Do you have a cold room in your house? Maybe you are wondering if the furnace is pumping air at all? Here’s an easy way to check.
Shut down your heating system 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 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 set high enough?
If the thermostat has batteries, are they fresh?
Is the venting for the heating system blocked by snow or ice? (See below).
Is the circuit breaker in the breaker box switched on?
Is the heater door correctly closed?
Do you have to change the furnace filter?
If none of the above are the trouble, call your heater repair specialist 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 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 these, you might have a burnt out ventilator motor. Call the service specialist and get them to take a look.
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 neighbors to call the gas company, and/or the fire department or your furnace repair technician, instantly. Don’t remain in a home that is leaking gas.
Ways to save money on your heat bill!
If your heating system is outdated, think about changing it. New furnaces are so much more efficient than old hardware, you will recoup the cost of the furnace, 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 bill. A lot of gas companies have subsidized programs that will seal up your house for you. Otherwise do it yourself.