Can you feel it? The cold wind will start to blow soon, which means winter is just around the corner. And with that being said, it’s time you ensure your home stays warm and comfortable throughout the coming months.
1. Get your furnace inspected by professionals.
Heating system repair service calls during cold days are often problems caused by a lack of regular maintenance. Call Service Pro Titans to inspect your furnace before the problems get out of hand. During the inspection, our technicians will do the following:
- Check for signs of leaks and rust
- Clean the furnace if needed (deep cleaning is additional)
- Ensure that all functions work
- Inspect carbon monoxide leaks
- Give recommendations to help your furnace withstand the test of time
Manufacturers recommend scheduling yearly maintenance to prolong your furnace’s lifespan. You can always consult the technician for other steps to ensure your furnace is winter-ready.
2. Remove any fire hazards.
We check around the furnace and ensure every possible fire hazard is removed. Things like paper, old magazines, electronics, and books are considered fire hazards and shouldn’t be near the furnace.
You might be tempted to store things above the furnace as if it’s an extra shelf, but please don’t. Keep items at least 3 feet away if possible.
3. Replace the air filters.
Your furnace may have accumulated lots of dirt throughout the year and that affects its efficiency.
Service Pro Titans recommends changing the air filters on a monthly basis if possible. This will keep the indoor air clean and reduce the strain on your furnace.
4. Clean the vents and pipes.
Make sure no carpets, rags, or furniture are blocking the vents. Also, check outside to ensure the unit and pipes are not blocked by any debris. After a weather event like heavy snow, remove any ice or snow that could be blocking the pipes and vents. This can restrict airflow and prevent your heating system from working properly.
If the furnace has a boiler system with radiators, remove anything on top or next to them so they don’t burn or melt.
5. Test the thermostat.
You don’t have to wait for snow to start falling to turn the heat on. We can always perform a test run before it gets very cold.
Start by turning on the thermostat and checking if the heat kicks on. Then get a feel of the temperature inside your home. If the air coming out isn’t as warm as you want, or if the heat turns off before the set temperature is reached, call an HVAC technician with contractor’s insurance immediately for repairs.
6. Check the alarms, too!
It’s essential to check the fire and carbon monoxide detectors installed in your home. These systems are crucial to avoid fire incidents, so make sure the batteries are working.
If you have yet to install any carbon monoxide detectors, it’s time to invest in one. Carbon monoxide poisoning is a common problem associated with heating systems, and most of these cases happen in the winter. Even the smallest leak in the furnace can harm everyone’s health.
Don’t Let the Cold Bother You!
We prepare and check your heating system before the cold weather kicks in. This will help avoid and minimize issues in the long run. Maintenance visits are also a more wallet-friendly and practical option than furnace repairs.
If you need help checking your furnace, contact Service Pro Titans at your earliest convenience.