Preparing Heater for Winter

Will Your Heating System Last this Winter? Here’s How to Test It

Though winter may still be a few months off, it is important to test your heating system before you need it. Much like your vehicle, your heating system also needs regular maintenance to keep it running efficiently. Checking your system in the fall allows you to identify any problems that you can work to fix before you’re left in the cold.

How to Test Your Heating System Before Winter

Testing your heating unit to make sure that it is working properly is a simple, but important task. Follow these steps to make sure that your heating system is working:

  • Set your thermostat to the heat or on position, and adjust the temperature so that it is at least 10 degrees higher than the temperature of the room.
  • Listen carefully for the heating equipment to turn on. It should start up within a few minutes of adjusting the thermostat.
  • Use a standard thermometer to test the temperature of the room after 15 minutes. Place this thermometer by your thermostat and check that the temperatures are reading the same. If they are not, you may need to replace your thermostat.

If the equipment does not start up, you can press the reset button on the burner’s relay, but make sure to only press it once. If the system still does not start up, you may need to call an HVAC professional to check your heating system.

Heating System Maintenance Checklist

Once you have tested your system to make sure that it runs, you should also complete some basic maintenance tasks to avoid any breakdowns and ensure that your system will run efficiently. Here’s a short checklist to help you make sure you are ready for winter:

  • Check your windows and doors for leaks and cracks. Though they may be harder to notice in the summer, these areas let more cold air in, causing your heating system to work harder than it needs to in order to keep your home warm.
  • Clean or replace air filters. Dirty and clogged air filters can also decrease the efficiency of your HVAC system. These should be checked and replaced regularly to keep your system running smoothly.
  • Turn off the power to your furnace, and clean the heater’s fan blades if you are able to access them. Also, check to see if the fan’s motor and blower shafts need lubrication. Keeping your system cleaned and oiled helps prolong the life of the unit.

Checking your heating system before winter is about more than just comfort. A properly maintained HVAC system will run more efficiently and help you keep your energy costs down when you are running your heater often. Checking the system before you use it regularly also helps you to eliminate any potential hazards from a broken or malfunctioning heating system.

If you need help getting your heating system ready for the winter, call us today. An experienced HVAC technician can test your HVAC system and make sure you are ready for the coldest time of the year.

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