Last-Minute Maintenance Checklist For Your Central Heating System
It’s getting cold out there, and that means the windows are shut for the season, the sweaters and jackets are out, and the heat is on. In fact, your central heating system is due to get a workout for a number of months. So, is yours in tip-top shape?
In a perfect world, you should have your central heating and air system checked by an HVAC specialist twice a year—once prior to the winter and once just before the summer heat kicks in. If that’s not possible, make sure you have it checked at least once a year to avoid any unforeseen breakdowns.
Nonetheless, there are a handful of steps you can take on your own in between professional visits to ensure your heating system is operating smoothly. Read on for a checklist.
Gauge Your System’s Efficiency
No matter what kind of heating system you have in your home, every check-up should start with testing the thermostat to make sure it is operating smoothly. You can do this by turning up the temperature. If you hear the furnace turn on and run indefinitely, your system is healthy. If it stops running after a couple minutes, the thermostat could need to be recalibrated or replaced. If that’s not the cause, your furnace could be overheating and being automatically tuned off by a safety device. Either way, you should contact a professional to diagnose and repair the problem.
For the Forced Air System
Regardless of how your heating system is powered, the most important thing is to keep your airways and interior of your system clean and free of debris and your blower unobstructed. These are all measures that need to be addressed by a service professional. However, you can do your own quick check on the quality and state of your filters every month by making sure they are clean. It is also recommended you replace them every three months.
Oil Furnaces and Hot Water Systems
For oil furnaces, it’s important to have the oil filter checked and replaced regularly, but this clearly should be undertaken by a service professional. With hot water systems, you can test them on your own by turning up the heat and then checking the valves and connections to determine if there is a leak. If so, or to treat any other issues, call a professional.
So don’t tempt fate. Contact Precise Air Systems today and make sure the heat truly is on.