Summer is quickly coming to an end and before we know it Fall will be here. Fall brings crisp cool air and is preparing us for Winter’s freezing sub-zero temperatures. Massachutes weather goes from fall air to winter very fast, leaving you to turn on your heat at a moment’s notice. It’s important to take steps to make sure your heater is working before you need it.
What to do to make sure your heater works
- Make sure your furnace is clean. Before you check it, make sure it’s shut off. If you have a gas furnace, make sure the gas valve is shut off. Once you are certain it is off, make sure to remove all dust and dirt.
- Check for leaks and cracks. This is important because many furnaces give off carbon monoxide in order to heat your home, and making sure there is no way for that to enter your home and poison you is very essential.
- Check your air filter. If your filter looks dirty, it’s always best to replace it.
- Look at your pilot light’s color. If your flame is yellow, that means air is getting into your furnace. If your flame is flickering, it means that there is a draft, check and see if air is getting in somehow. If your flame is split in two, this means there’s dirt in the furnace.
- Have a professional check it out. It’s easy to miss or overlook something that looks normal, when in reality it will be the problem causing your heat not to work. If you are unsure, it’s always best to contact an expert in heating.
- Check your air vents and make sure they are able to let the air out, this means removing anything that is in the way.
Why you should make sure your heat works now
By checking these things you will make your energy bills lower when your furnace is working correctly. It will also save you stress when it’s cold and you try and turn on the heat and it doesn’t work.
If you have questions or are unsure if your heater is working and would like to get it checked out before the weather changes, give us a call!
We understand how drastic New England winters are, and can be which is why we offer emergency services. Don’t hesitate to call us in a storm to help you fix your heater and make sure you stay warm!