The primary step to keeping comfortable this winter is to prepare your heat system for lots of heavy usage. With the cold days of winter here there is no better time to get your heater system checked out and operating in good shape before you need every day. No matter what sort of heat system your house has, you’ll want to make sure it’s ready to last through the cold season. If your heat does break down in the middle of the night then here are three steps you can do before hiring the repairman:
Check that your temperature gauge is set correctly: Today’s temperature gauges are complex gadgets. There are many different kinds of digital and mechanical temperature gauges available and many of them are not easy to use. It may be a prudent idea for you to pick a chilly night to test your heating system to make sure you know how to turn it on and off before winter arrives.
Make sure you have not popped a breaker: A single blown house breaker could prevent your heat from turning on. You may need to call an electrician if your heating system seems to blow a fuse more than once, because that could be a sign of a bigger and potentially more serious electrical problem in your house. No matter what kind of heat system you have some type of electrical connection is probably required.
Read the instruction manual: If you have a manual for your heating system then you should read that at the first sign of trouble. If you do not, then you should probably consider writing down some steps to follow in case you need to tell someone else how to turn your heat on or off in an emergency. Store the written instructions in a convenient spot that is close to your thermostat.
The tips above are just some of the many heater trouble shooting steps you can take. Heating furnaces are complex mechanical devices that are built to keep you comfortable and run without problems for many years, but they do need repairs every now and then. Heating systems use a number of different types of fuel from oil, to natural gas to electricity. If you are stuck without heat in your house then play it smart and get to a building that does have heat or at try to purchase an independent room heater as a temporary way to stay warm. If you are not comfortable with any of these heat troubleshooting steps, don’t hesitate to call in a heating professional.
Maintaining your heating system is one of the most important things you can do in your house. You can use the hour when the clocks turn back to make a check-up appointment or replace your air filters. It is always less expensive to try to repair a furnace before replacing it.
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