Heating Repair – Testing & Maintanance

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Before you call the heating repair specialist, here are suggestions to keep your furnace working perfect this winter season. Here are some heater tips to understand and take care of your heater. Here you will discover how check 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 breaker that controls your furnace. Turn it on.
Look for the heater switch. Commonly it’s near the heater. 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 heater filter.
The furnace filter takes the dust out of the air that your heater 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 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 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. Actually, filters are cheap enough, change it anyway.
Slide in the fresh filter. Write the date on the visible end of the filter.
Close 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 heating system at the thermostat. Take a common 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 less than 10 CFM, then you should get the system looked into. (See below).
What to do if your central heater won’t ignite.
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 repaired yourself. What to do?
Check the furnace switch, Is it on?
Is the thermostat set properly? 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 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 these are the problem, call your furnace 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.
Turn off the heater at the heater switch or at the breaker box. Them go unblock 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 the above, 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 little 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, immediately. Don’t stay in a home that is leaking gas.
Ways to save cash on your heat bill!
If your heating system is old, consider changing it. New furnaces are so much more efficient than old hardware, you will recoup 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.