6 Points To Inspect On Your Heater Before This Winter

As autumn welcomes a cool breeze as preparation for winter, residents should prepare for winter by checking their heater now. Heaters in excellent condition will operate as intended. A faulty heater discovered in autumn offers plenty of opportunities to repair or replace the product before winter arrives. Consider the heating maintenance checkup as a preventative measure.

Inspect the Unit

A resident’s inspection revolves around cosmetic issues and on-the-surface problems. A pipe gap, a dent, black soot, belt cracks, and loose connections are signs residents can spot easily. Easier repairs can go the DIY route while complicated repairs require an expert to solve the dilemma. Allow three feet of room around the heater so it can operate. Move belongings elsewhere. Items close to the heater can catch fire, creating additional problems.

Inspect the Thermostat

Heaters may connect to the thermostat in the home, so inspect the thermostat to ensure buttons and the program settings are working. The thermostat should turn the heater on and off on command immediately. Unresponsive or outdated thermostats deserve an upgrade with a new, energy efficient programmable thermostat. It will save money by turning the heat on in an occupied home and turning it off when it’s empty. New thermostats operate manually or through an app or computer remotely.

Clean the Heater

Most heaters are hard to clean due to the vents separating you from the motor. Still, residents should clean what’s accessible such as the vent holes with a vacuum brush and the exterior with soap and water. Clean as much as possible with a damp cloth and scrubbing, yet it’s imperative not to damage fragile parts. Cleanliness ensures maximum heating power with every use. Ensure the heating fan, space heater, and the HVAC are off during cleaning. Use a chimney log to clean clogged chimneys. Remove items from blocked airflow passageways.

Replace the Air Filter

Regardless of how long the last filter sat in the heater, start fresh for the upcoming season. Replace disposable air filters with a new one or clean the reusable filter. When cleaning reusable filters, wash with soap and water. Allow the filter to dry completely before reusing. For disposable air filters, check every month to see if it needs replacing. Grab a new one as soon as the filter piles up with dirt.

Give the Heater a Test Run

The HVAC test run removes the burnt smelling odor stemming from idle use before it runs more frequently. This odor is normal, only lasting a few minutes. Turning on the heater prior to winter lets residents know the heater is functioning properly or failing miserably. If the odor increases or lingers, the problem is electrical or carbon monoxide. Turn the heater off, unplug the heater, open a window/door, and call an electrician and/or an HVAC expert to resolve the issue immediately. Additionally, check vents in the room to see if air circulates properly.

Hire an HVAC Expert

To ensure everything is in working order, grab a second opinion. Hire a licensed, insured, and certified HVAC expert to inspect the unit internally and externally. Trained professionals can identify corrosion, burner issues, duct leaks, carbon monoxide leaks, trapped debris, and failing electrical connections, for example, and repair it. The experts will check the room vents and chimney for exhaust problems, blocked debris, and air circulation trouble. Professionals will also check the thermostat for issues, flush out the drain line, lubricate rusty moving parts, and turn on the heater for unrecognizable sounds.

The heater is a trusty ally, and the weather will get colder. Don’t wait until the first chill of winter to depend on a heater to operate. No resident should freeze in the home with a non-operating heater at winter’s climax. Take these tips to heart now.

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