Tuning up your heating system in the winter is essential. Not only will a tune up save you money, but you will also be able to enjoy the winter more comfortably. A well-tuned heating system can save you money, because with a new filter, a few repairs made and some tightened nuts and bolts, your heating system will work much more efficiently. At the end of the day, an efficient heating system is also good for the environment. Wouldn’t it feel good to save both money and energy? Just like you want to maintain your air conditioner in the summer – by providing refrigerants, like puron, and making sure that the fan isn’t crack or damaged – it is just as important to maintain your heating system in the winter.
Here are five DIY tips for tuned up your heating system for the winter.
The Visual Test
With your own two eyes, you can pretty much see everything that is going on. If you notice anything extremely out of place, you may need to call on a special heating specialist or HVAC professional. However, there may be other issues that you can simply fix by making small adjustments. For instance, if there is a dirty filter, you probably want to change it. If there is pilot light out, you want to light it. If you can’t fix something on your own, you probably don’t want to tempt fate – it is much better to call a professional service.
Replace The Filter
There is a good chance that your filter needs to be changed. At the end of the day, a dirty filter can cause an entire system to work inefficiently. If you are maintaining your heating system for the winter, you are going to want a new filter. When it comes down to it, changing out a filter is incredibly easy. Not only that, but a new filter will be incredibly affordable.
Make Sure That The Blower Motor Is Properly Lubricated
The blower mechanism is like a little motor that is responsible for making sure your heating system efficiently pumps out warm air. When it comes down to it, you may want to lubricate the blower so that it works more efficiently.
Perform A Carbon Monoxide Test
The last thing you want is a carbon monoxide leak. Carbon monoxide leaks can be incredible dangerous – even deadly. You can usually test for carbon dioxide by purchasing a special tester kit. All you have to do is take the face off your heating system, turn it on and then flip the switch on the carbon monoxide tester. If you have a carbon monoxide leak, you want to exit the house immediately and call the professionals to have the leak fixed.
Clean The Blower Gates
After a while, the blower gates on your heating unit will start to become greasy and covered with dust. This can be a bad combination, because a dirty blower gate could mean a blown out pilot. For your safety and for the working efficiency of your unit, you want to make sure that you clean the blowers thoroughly.