Ideas to keep your central heater working perfect

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Before you call the home heating repair specialist, here are ideas to keep your central heater working perfect this winter. Here are some central heater tips to understand and maintain 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 heating system:.
Check the circuit breaker that controls your furnace. Turn it on.
Look for the heater switch. Usually it’s near the heater. 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 furnace filter.
The furnace filter takes the dust out of the air that your heater is moving. After a while, it’s gathered 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 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 changing 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, change it anyway.
Slide in the new filter. Write the date on the visible edge of the filter.
Close the door.
How to test your Furnace’s airflow.
Do you have a cold space in your house? Maybe you are wondering if the heater is pumping air at all? Here’s an easy way to check.
Shut off your heating system 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 under 10 CFM, then you need to 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 do not like to call the service man 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 temperature level 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 heater door properly closed?
Do you need to change the furnace filter?
If none of these are the trouble, call your heater 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 clear the obstruction, when done switch the heating system 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 might have a burnt out fan motor. Call the service specialist and get them to take a look.
Do you smell gas?
Gas smells a bit like rotten eggs. It can explode or it can asphyxiate you. If you smell gas, don’t flip any switches. Open up your windows and go to a neighbors to call the gas company, and/or the fire department or your furnace repair professional, right away. Don’t remain in a home that is leaking gas.
The best ways to save money on your heat expense!
If your heating system is outdated, think about replacing it. New furnaces are a great deal more efficient than old hardware, you will recoup the cost of the heating system, eventually, in your gas savings.
Does your home 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 here for other home heating and cooling tips