We’re a few days into winter and you can certainly feel it. Your heater is indispensable to get through the cold temperatures we get here in Roselle, which makes it important to keep it running optimally throughout the season. With that in mind, we’ve put together some tips to help you stay warm and your heater working through the winter months. If you’re looking for HVAC services in Roselle, look no further than the heating and cooling experts at Saturn Heating Cooling & Electrical. Give us a call today to schedule your appointment.
Check Your Pilot Light
It might seem small, but your pilot light is vital to your furnace. That means your first step should be to check your furnace’s pilot light to ensure it is lit and working properly. If it isn’t working as intended, your furnace won’t be able to keep your home heated. Either consult the manufacturer’s instructions for your furnace to check your pilot light or contact a heating professional to inspect it for you.
While there are many pieces of a furnace you can’t see, there are just as many that you can see on the outside. Perform a visual inspection of your system to ensure there isn’t any damage. Ensure there are no loose or damaged wires, as that can cause a lot of issues. If pests have gotten into your home, they may have chewed through or other damaged your furnace’s wiring. If you notice any damage, contact a professional to have it repaired. Any time you’re dealing with electrical issues, it is inadvisable to attempt a repair on your own due to how dangerous it is.
Clean it Up
You may have heard of Spring Cleaning, but it’s just as important to keep your furnace clean during the winter as well. Clean off any dirt, dust, or debris from your heating system to ensure it works properly and your indoor air quality isn’t negatively impacted. Replace or clean the air filter as well. Depending on your furnace and which type of air filters you are using, it’s recommended to replace or clean the filters every month to six months. Consult the manufacturer recommendations to see what your system requires. Use your vacuum’s hose attachment to clean the fan blower and any other hard-to-reach areas. It’s also important to clean the vents in each room of your house. Dirty vents can lead to dirt and dust entering your system, which can lead to a loss of efficiency and potential damage.
It’s a good idea to have your ducts inspected for any leaks or obstructions. Leaks result in a loss of efficiency, which means you’re essentially letting money blow away. If your ducts are obstructed or leaking, it will cause your furnace to overwork itself, which can lead to damage and a reduction of the overall lifespan of your heating system. When that happens, you’re looking at extensive repairs at best, and at worst, an expensive full-system replacement.
Observe and Report
Keep an eye on your heater, especially the first few times you turn it on. Listen closely for any strange noises, as that is a clear sign that an internal component is broken or otherwise working improperly. If you see smoke or dust coming out of your vents, that’s another sign there is something wrong inside your system. When you see or hear anything like this, call an HVAC professional to have it inspected and repaired as necessary.
Our heaters keep us warm and comfortable, even when the temperature outside is bitter cold. You don’t have to put up with a furnace that doesn’t do its job. Call your heating and cooling experts in Roselle at Saturn Heating Cooling & Electrical. Whether you need basic maintenance or in-depth repairs, our experienced and knowledgeable team will be more than happy to get your system working properly. Call us today to schedule your appointment so you can stay warm all through the cold winter months.