Heater Maintenance

A heater in the home can ensure that you live comfortably in it, even during the coldest of winter. Heater maintenance is essential if you are to have the equipment running as it should, giving you comfort at the press of a button or switch. This attention to the heater can prevent it from breaking down and causing you discomfort and distress.

One of the first needs of proper maintenance of any equipment is to see that it is regularly cleaned and kept clear of any debris that can block the fresh airflow that it needs for efficient operation. Filters need to be cleaned or changed at regular intervals, and must be the right size for the unit. It also helps operations if you have proper insulation installed in your home; meaning that all doors and windows are sealing perfectly and preventing any loss of air or drafts from entering the home.

Thermostats must be regularly checked as part of heater maintenance. The use of ceiling fans can help air circulation and reduce the load on heaters. The heating unit itself needs to be checked for leaks, defects in fans, motors, and burning elements. If you are using oil as a fuel, some attention is also due to the tanks and the piping that feeds the oil to the furnace. Ducts, registers, and grills that lead the warm air to the living spaces must be regularly cleaned every three or four years in order to ensure the system is in top shape.