Maintain Your Heater Through Winter With These Preseason Steps

Maintain Your Heater Through Winter With These Preseason Steps

Winter is coming, so now is the crucial time to check your heating system. The last thing you need is for your heating system to give out during a massive winter storm or to incur major repair expenses. Here are some tips for helping your heating system make it through winter.

Check the Pilot Light

If the pilot light to the furnace does not work, your heating system will not work. The pilot light works as the ignition to your system. If you are unsure how to check the pilot light, consult the manufacturer’s directions.

Conduct Visual Inspection

Give your heating system a once-over. Pests may have gotten into your system and chewed on wires. It is important to ensure that all wires look intact and that there is no damage to the system. Don’t forget to inspect the ducts. Duct leaks can cause inefficiencies in the heating system and can create a backdraft.

Clean Your Heater

Clean your heating system of any dust and debris. Replace all dirty filters every two months. Contact a professional if any smoke or soot deposits are present.

Do a Trial Run

To give your heating system a trial run, turn on the furnace, and let it run for 10 minutes. Ensure that you feel heat coming from the system and that no vents are blocked. During your trial run, if your system is making strange sounds, schedule a professional inspection and learn if you need to purchase new parts for your heating system.

Keep Your Eyes Peeled

You can tell if your heating system needs maintenance if your heater is lacking warm air—this could be a faulty thermostat or an even more serious problem. If your utility bills are higher than normal, this could be a sign that your system is strained and may require repair. Be aware of how old our heating system is since the average lifespan of these heating systems is 15-20 years. If you need help in keeping your heating system working smoothly, contact Birmingham Plumbing Heating & Cooling today.