The Importance of Home Heating Maintenance

 

It’s hard to believe that summer has flown by so quickly, but lo and behold Fall is around the corner, which means a few things: kids are heading back to school, days are getting shorter and temperatures are getting cooler. These things are inevitable, however when you anticipate them, you can be best prepared.

When it comes to cooler temperatures, ensuring that your home’s heating equipment is in proper working order (before you need to use it regularly) is important. Here are some considerations to make for your preseason checklist:

For hot water or steam boilers:
• Clean the internal (water) side of the boiler
• Inspect and clean burners
• Ensure that low water fuel cutouts are functioning properly
• Inspect and test all controls and safety devices
• Clean or replace all air inlet filters as needed

For gas furnaces:
• Inspect and clean burners
• Inspect and test all controls and safety devices
• Check the combustion blower housing for lint or debris and clean as needed
• Clean or replace all air inlet filters as needed
Ensure the inlet/return air and exhaust flues cannot be blocked by snow or pest infestation, such as a bird’s nest.

During the heating season:
Test the low water cutout control on any steam heating boiler at least once each week, and test other safety devices regularly. The best offense is a good defense when it comes to taking care of your heating equipment.’ (source: insuredco.net)

Firstly, if you aren’t a professional when it comes to inspecting, repairing, replacing or maintaining HVAC equipment, please consult with one, as they are trained and best able to help you achieve and maintain a comfortable home. Professionals are also best when it comes to other heating or heat emitting equipment (such as wood burning stoves, fireplaces, etc.) Ensuring that all of your home’s equipment is well maintained and ready when you need it will ensure that your home is as comfortable as it should be.