Winter is the worst time of year to be experiencing problems with your heater. Fortunately, there are a few ways you can maintain your heater in the colder months and avoid any uncomfortable emergencies.
Inspect Your Ducts
If your ducts are leaking, it can create a backdraft and prevent your heater from working efficiently. When inspecting your drafts, look for any loose areas in the seal around the return that feeds into your heater. If these are loose, you can caulk or wrap the joints, but calling a professional is the best way to get the job done right.
Clean Your Heater
Making sure your system is free of any dust or debris is a good way to prevent future problems. Wiping down, and even vacuuming, the hard-to-reach spots as well as vents in each room are important steps along with replacing any dirty filters.
Inspect Your Pilot Light
One of the most important things to check when preparing for colder months is the pilot light. Without a working pilot light, heat is a no-go.
It may be a good idea to test out your heating system before you really need it. Simply turning on your heater for 10 minutes will give you a good idea as to how efficient it is working and any issues that need to be addressed.
Unusual Smells and Noises
When cleaning and testing out your system, keep a look out for any smoke or strange noises. This could mean you have a cracked heat exchanger or that your burners need adjustment. If this is the case, contact a professional immediately.
The best way to prepare your heater for winter is to schedule a professional maintenance appointment. Professionals have the experience and tools necessary to make sure your heating will last throughout the winter months. Moreover, if there is anything out of the ordinary or concerning, the technician can repair it quickly.
Winter is a time for comfort and coziness in your home, and maintaining your heater plays a vital role in enjoying this season. Call Clark’s Air & Heating for any of your heating needs.