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Heater Maintenance

In the winter your heater works very hard for your family and business. Peak season is what we professionals call the winter season. There are a few things that can be done in order to keep your heater operating properly so that it can perform without interruptions in the winter season.

Heating systems are normally trouble free and easy to maintain. Efficient operation is a function of a good regular maintenance. No matter what type of heater you have, there are a number of ways you can keep your heating system in the best condition. When a heating system isnt working properly it is usually because of the heating source, the power may be lost, the thermostat may need batteries or your filter may not be good.

The first thing that you want to do is to check your air filter. An n air filter is located in the blower door or between the blower and the return air duct now, it may need a little prying to get inside but once you are inside you will be able to easily get to the air filter. If your air filter is full of dirt and debris, now is the time to change it. An air filter that isnt changed but needs to be changed can cause your heater to not function as well as it should, and it reduces the air quality. Be sure that you insert the air filter correctly and that you change it frequently.

The second step is to clean the blower assembly. While the heaters filter captures most of the debris, some still get through to the blowers assembly and vents. You can easily clean the blowers assembly by removing the panel that covers the filter or by sliding out the fans unit.

The third step is to lubricate the bearings. If your heater is an older model, the bearings will need to be oiled on a regular basis. You can use some household oil to properly lubricate the bearings. Using too much oil can be a potential hazard.

If at any time you smell gas while working with your heater, shut your gas off immediately and call your local gas company to come out and check for gas leaks.

To finish this process, you can take your vacuum hose to clean around the heater and clear all dust that may be stuck in the air vents throughout your home or office. If you have a thermostat that requires batteries it is a good idea to change them.

By using these simple steps it will ensure that your furnace doesnt work harder than it has to for it to spread the heat throughout your home or business.

If you follow these steps on a regular basis it will help keep your heater and air quality at its best.

Just to help you stay on top of things it is a good idea to have a licensed furnace inspector or HVAC technician come out to inspect your heater for more potentially serious problems that could lead to costly repairs.

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