Heating Repair – Tips and Tricks

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Before you call the home heating repair specialist, here are ideas to keep your heating system working great this winter season. Here are some heater tips to understand and take care of your heater. Here you will get to know 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 breaker that controls your heater. 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 level 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 heater 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 exchanging 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 space in your house? Perhaps you are wondering if the heater is pumping air at all? Here’s an easy way to check.
Turn off your furnace 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 need to get the system looked at. (See below).
What to do if your furnace won’t ignite.
OK, the house is cold, no air is being pumped. The heater is quiet. You hate to call the service man and have it be something you could have fixed yourself. What to do?
Check out the furnace switch, Is it on?
Is the thermostat set properly? 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 heating system 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 have to change the furnace filter?
If none of the above are the trouble, call your furnace 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 heating system at the heater switch or at the breaker box. Them go unblock the obstruction, when done switch the heating system 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 take a look.
Do you smell gas?
Gas smells a bit like rotten eggs. It can blow up or it can asphyxiate people. 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, right away. Don’t remain in a house that is leaking gas.
Ways to save cash on your heat bill!
If your heating system is old, consider changing it. New furnaces are a great deal more efficient than old hardware, you will make back the cost of the heater, eventually, in your gas savings.
Does your home leak air?
A major loss of heat is around doors and windows. Seal up the cracks to minimize your heat bill. A lot of gas companies have subsidized programs that will seal up your house for you. Otherwise do it yourself.