Getting Your Heating Unit Ready For The Cold Months

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Getting Your Heating Unit Ready For The Cold Months

Getting Your Heating Unit Ready For The Cold Months

29 September 2022
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Getting your heating system ready for the winter months can ensure that it will be capable of efficiently and reliably keeping your home warm. However, some homeowners may not take all of the necessary steps to make sure that this system is in good condition to provide warmth for their homes when the temperature becomes extremely cold.

Check The Condition Of The Burners

For heating systems that use oil and gas, the burners will be the components that will need to be inspected the most closely prior to the arrival of cold weather. If the burners are not prepared, it is likely that the heat output of the furnace will be substantially reduced. Furthermore, it may require larger amounts of fuel, which can increase the operating cost of the furnace along with causing worsening performance issues due to excess residue accumulating. Spending a few moments thoroughly cleaning the burners can mitigate these issues so that your heating system will provide good heat output while still being efficient with the amount of fuel that it is using.

Remove Dust From Any Vents On The Heating Unit

During the months when the furnace is not being used, it may become fairly dusty. This may lead to dust accumulation around the vents of the furnace. This accumulation can significantly impair the flow of air through the unit, which may impact its performance and cause damage to the unit by leading to overheating. Thoroughly dusting the unit can remove this so that these significant issues can be avoided. If you are wanting to reduce the ability of these accumulations to form in the future, covering the heating unit during the warmer months may be one option to consider.

Bleed Air Pockets From Radiator Systems

Many heating systems will use radiators to distribute the warmth that has been generated. Unfortunately, it can be possible for the radiators to develop air pockets in them. These pockets can substantially decrease the transfer of warmth through the radiators. However, this is a routine problem to correct, and modern radiators are designed with features that can make it easy to alleviate this issue. In particular, they may have a release valve on them that can be used to easily release any air pockets that may be trapped in the system. If your radiators do not have these valves on them, you may want to hire a heating contractor to visit your home to release any air that is trapped in them. 

For more information, contact a local heating contractor

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About a year ago, I could tell that our HVAC system was really starting to struggle. No matter what we did, the system seemed to have a hard time turning on and off. When our air was running, it smelled terrible. In the winter, it seemed like our home was never warm enough. To ward off sudden failures, we hired a professional to come out and inspect our system. After a thorough analysis, we discovered that there were some serious fan problems. This blog is all about recognizing HVAC system problems early and keeping your system on point, so that you can avoid permanent damage.