Furnace Repair Tips

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Before you call the home heating repair professional, here are recommendations to keep your heating system functioning perfect this winter season. Here are some central heater tips to understand and maintain your heating system. Here you will get to know 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 heater:.
Check the circuit breaker that regulates your furnace. Turn it on.
Look for the furnace switch. Commonly 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 furnace is moving. After a while, it’s gathered as much dirt 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 determine if it needs replacing 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, replace it anyway.
Slide in the fresh 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 room in your house? Maybe you are wondering if the heater is pumping air at all? Here’s an easy way to check.
Shut down your furnace 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 sack.
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 at. (See below).
What to do if your furnace won’t start up.
OK, the house is cold, no air is being pumped. The furnace is quiet. You hate to call the service guy and have it be something you could have fixed yourself. What to do?
Check out the furnace switch, Is it on?
Is the thermostat set accurately? Is it switched to heat? Is the heat level set high enough?
If the thermostat has batteries, are they fresh?
Is the venting for the heater 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 problem, call your furnace repair specialist and they ought to 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.
Switch off the furnace at the heater switch or at the breaker box. Them go unblock the obstruction, when done switch the furnace 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 people. If you smell gas, don’t flip any switches. Open your windows and go to a neighbours to call the gas company, and/or the fire department or your furnace repair technician, instantly. Don’t stay in a house that is leaking gas.
How to save money on your heat expense!
If your heater is old, think about changing it. New furnaces are a great deal more efficient than old hardware, you will recoup the cost of the furnace, eventually, in your gas savings. Check here for a good Furnace and AC repair company.
Does your house leak air?
A major loss of heat is around doors and windows. Seal up the cracks to minimize your heat bill. A lot of gas companies have subsidized programs that will seal up your house for you. Otherwise do it yourself.

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