Posted January 20, 2016 by Energy-Star
Heaters, whether oil or gas, are essential components to your home. That’s why you should always make sure a licensed expert performs at least a basic tune up every year to ensure efficiency and system health. On top of scheduled professional maintenance, there are a few steps you can take to make help extend the lifespan of your equipment.
Gas Heater Check-up
- -Clean and Dust: Like any piece of equipment, you should ensure that the components and the space surrounding them are free of dust, dirt, and debris. These contaminants can do more damage than you might expect.
- -Inspect Filters: Heater air filters need to be replaced or cleaned regularly to ensure your home is free of pollutants that come from your furnace system. While gas furnaces are far cleaner than their oil counterparts, they still need to treat the heated air before dispersing it through your home. If your filters are dirty, you can easily swap them out and immediately improve the quality of your home’s air and the efficiency of your heating system.
Oil Heater Repair
- -Clean/Replace Filters: Oil furnaces utilize both an oil filter and an air filter to maintain clean and efficient operation. Each filter will require changing periodically in order to get the most out of your heating equipment. If you’re noticing more soot around your furnace or vents, your filters could be to blame
- -Clean and Dust: Oil furnaces are notorious for generating soot. But a healthy, well-maintained oil heater is capable of operating without dirtying the space around it. To encourage optimal operation, keep the area around your furnace clean and tidy. This will also make it easier for a professional technician to access your equipment and diagnose problems should your furnace stop working.
- -Look for Trouble Signs: Black soot around your furnace black smoke coming from your chimney, and rattling noise coming from your equipment are all signs of trouble and should be inspected by a licensed professional before continued use.
- -Professional Heater Repair Services: There are a number of components to your oil furnace that are best left to a professional technician for inspection. The fan belt, blower motor, and burner nozzle each perform vital tasks for your furnace, and need to be professionally cleaned, lubricated, and inspected on a regular basis. Don’t trust this kind of task to just anyone.
Call Energy-Star Today
If you’re concerned with the health of your heating equipment, or want to make sure you’re getting the most out of your furnace or boiler, call Energy-Star Services today! We can work with you to schedule a convenient time for servicing your home heating system.