Heating Repair Tips

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Before you call the heater maintenance professional, here are ideas to keep your furnace operating great this winter. Here are some heater tips to understand and maintain your heating system. Here you will learn how test 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 breaker that controls your furnace. Turn it on.
Look for the furnace switch. Generally it’s near the heater. Turn it on.
Set your thermostat, switch the heater to heat, turn up the temperature level and the heater ought to be going!
How to change your furnace filter.
The furnace filter takes the dust out of the air that your furnace is moving. After a while, it’s collected as much dirt as it can without slowing up the airflow in your air system. That’s the time to change the filter. Change it annually, 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 tell 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, replace it anyway.
Slide in the new filter. Write the date on the visible end of the filter.
Shut the door.
How to test your Furnace’s airflow.
Do you have a cold room in your house? Possibly you are wondering if the furnace is pumping air at all? Here’s an easy way to check.
Shut off your heater 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 into. (See below).
What to do if your furnace won’t ignite.
OK, the house is cold, no air is being pumped. The heater is quiet. You hate to call the service guy and have it be something you could have repaired yourself. What to do?
Check out the furnace switch, Is it on?
Is the thermostat set accurately? Is it switched to heat? Is the heat level 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 should 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 unblock 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 the above, you may have a burnt out ventilator motor. Call the service technician and get them to take a look.
Do you smell gas?
Gas smells a bit like rotten eggs. It can blow up or it can asphyxiate people. If you smell gas, don’t flip any switches. Open up your windows and go to a neighbours to call the gas company, and/or the fire department or your furnace repair technician, immediately. Don’t stay in a home that is leaking gas.
How to save money on your heat bill!
If your heater is old, consider changing it. New heaters are a great deal more efficient than old hardware, you will recover 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 minimize your heat expense. A lot of gas companies have subsidized programs that will seal up your house for you. Otherwise do it yourself. Check: airconditioningrepairneworleans.org