As the cold weather starts it approach towards us our heaters will finally be in daily use. Many homeowners do not give their heating systems a thought until they don’t work.
Every heating system should have a check up before the start of each winter. Whether your system is new or old a check up can show a dangerous condition, bad part or if it even needs to be replaced.
– If your system is older than 20 years it mat be in the homeowner’s best interest to replace the system. A qualified heating technician can give you your options or get the heating system in the best possible condition. You will want to do this before winter before every reliable heating contractor is busy for weeks.
– A newer heater should also be checked. There are many parts on these units, so are more things to break down, usually on the coldest day. A several point check up is needed to go over all parts, the condition and its operation. This can head off a no heat situation before it happens.
– Most heating systems will have some type of venting (heat pump systems don’t). They can be chimneys, galvanized steel B-vent, and PVC piping for high efficiency units. Whatever type it is you should have the venting and chimney checked.
All PVC piping should be looked at, check where it terminates to see if it is free from obstructions and clear. All galvanized venting should be replaced if corroded. If the vent uses a masonry chimney it is very important to make sure the base is clear, that there are no obstructions, the air freely drafts up and that it is good condition. Always repair any venting issues or have a new chimney liner installed if needed.
– You will want to be sure you have enough combustion air for your heating system. If not your heater may not work properly and you could have a condition where carbon monoxide could be present in your home. You may have to have air introduced into your utility area for the heater to be safe and work properly, but it is money well spent.
Any condition that would cause your heating system to not work properly, especially on a very cold day, is best taken care of in autumn. When heating season kicks in many contractors are busy, so your emergency may have to wait. Most of all any dangerous conditions should be found and taken care of immediately.
Don’t think of having your heating systems checked before it gets cold as a waste of money, think of it as money well spent.