Heating Repair Tips

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Before you call the home heating repair specialist, here are suggestions to keep your furnace working good this winter. Here are some heater tips to understand and care for your heater. Here you will get to know 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 heating unit:.
Check the breaker that regulates your central heater. 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 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 dust as it can without slowing up the airflow in your air system. That’s the time to change the filter. Change it every year, 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 see 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. Actually, filters are cheap enough, change it anyway.
Slide in the fresh filter. Write the date on the visible edge of the filter.
Close the door.
How to test your Heater’s airflow.
Do you have a cold room in your house? Possibly you are wondering if the heater 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 less than 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 furnace is quiet. You do not like 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 accurately? 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 furnace door properly closed?
Do you need to change the furnace filter?
If none of these are the trouble, call your furnace repair technician 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.
Turn off the heater at the heater switch or at the breaker box. Them go clear 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 fan motor. Call the service technician 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 neighbors to call the gas company, and/or the fire department or your furnace repair professional, immediately. Don’t stay in a home that is leaking gas.
How to save money on your heat bill!
If your furnace is outdated, consider changing it. New heaters 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 house 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. airconditioningrepairworcester.com/