Heating Repair Tips

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Before you call the furnace repair professional, here are recommendations to keep your heater operating perfect this winter season. Here are some heater tips to understand and care for your heating system. Here you will learn 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 heater:.
Check the circuit breaker that regulates your furnace. Turn it on.
Look for the furnace switch. Commonly 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 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 tell 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 new filter. Write the date on the visible end of the filter.
Close the door.
How to test your Heater’s airflow.
Do you have a cold space in your house? Maybe you are wondering if the furnace is pumping air at all? Here’s an easy way to check.
Turn off your heater at the thermostat. Take a standard sized plastic garbage bag and tape it around a heat register. Turn on the furnace. Time how many seconds it takes to fill up the sack.
Seconds: 2 = 75 CFM (cubic feet/minute).
Seconds: 4 = 40 CFM.
Seconds: 10 = 20 CFM.
If your system is pumping under 10 CFM, then you should get the system checked out. (See below).
What to do if your furnace won’t ignite.
OK, the house is cold, no air is being pumped. The furnace is quiet. You hate to call the service man and have it be something you could have fixed yourself. What to do?
Check the furnace switch, Is it on?
Is the thermostat set properly? Is it switched to heat? Is the temperature set high enough?
If the thermostat has batteries, are they fresh?
Is the venting for the furnace 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 the above are the problem, call your furnace repair technician and they should be able to diagnose 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 unblock the obstruction, when done turn the heater 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 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 blow up or it can asphyxiate people. If you smell gas, don’t flip any switches. Open your windows and go to a neighbours to call the gas company, and/or the fire department or your furnace repair professional, instantly. Don’t stay in a home that is leaking gas.
The best ways to save money on your heat bill!
If your heater is outdated, consider changing it. New heaters are so much more efficient than old hardware, you will recoup the cost of the heating system, eventually, in your gas savings.
Does your residence leak air?
A major loss of heat is around doors and windows. Seal up the cracks to save on your heat bill. A lot of gas companies have subsidized programs that will seal up your house for you. Otherwise do it yourself.   http://airconditioningrepairreno.com/