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Heating Services: 5 Items On A Heating Maintenance Checklist

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A faulty heater is wasteful in energy usage and makes the home uncomfortable, especially for children and seniors. Also, your family's health is at risk when the heater is not working. You need seasonal maintenance by professional heating services to fix emerging problems before they mushroom into costly repair jobs. The furnace is central to the heater's working, which is why the heating technician should give it close attention. What should be on the checklist for heater maintenance?

1. Inspect Heat Exchanger For Cracks

The heat exchanger is the component that transfers the heat from your home's furnace to the air. It holds the pipes that transfer heat and distribute it. Heat exchangers are usually made from aluminum, copper, or nickel-coated steel. The technician should check for cracks in the metal, which could mean that the heat exchanger will fail. A cracked heat exchanger is also a fire hazard. The heating system services should fix it promptly.

2. Remove and Clean Burners     

The burners combust the fuel to generate heat. The technician should inspect them and remove any dirt. They should also clean the burners and inspect them for cracks. The burners should be replaced if they are cracked or corroded. 

3. Check Pilot Assembly 

The pilot assembly is the part of the heater that lights the burners when you turn on the switch. It ignites the gas in a fuel heater. The heating services should inspect it and ensure that it is working properly. The flame's color should be blue; a flame with streaks of yellow signals inefficiency in burning fuel. The technician will clean the assembly.

4. Change Dirty Air Filters 

Dirty air filters usually cause your heater to work extra hard to circulate air throughout your home. If the filters are dirty and clogged, the burner becomes inefficient because it works harder to deliver heated air. The technician should check for dirty air filters and replace the filters with fresh ones.  

5. Test Thermostat For Accuracy 

The thermostat controls the temperature of your home. It should be tested for accuracy. They should set the thermostat to a specific temperature and see if it turns on the heater or not. If it does not, there may be a problem with the wiring or the thermostat itself. A faulty thermostat makes the heater cycle on and off frequently, making it waste energy and raise your power bills. It should be recalibrated. 

Do you suspect your heater is the cause of rising power bills? Talk to heating services to diagnose and fix emerging problems.