Its that time of year when we have to count on our Furnace Heating System to come on when its needed! Just like you, if you sat around for 4-7 months without being used, you may not want to start the first time either! I can promise you… 1 out of 50 furnaces will feel the same way on the first cold night, and they wont start either!
With that in mind… here are some tips on getting your furnace ready for the long winter ahead!
First – Don't Wait Until Its Cold!
If you wait until you NEED heat, you will be at the mercy of the contractor! If ALOT of people need heat, your name will go into line with everyone else waiting for them to get to your home.
As soon as you finish reading this, go to your thermostat, turn it into heat mode and call your furnace to start up! You will thank me for that later!
Second – Have Your Heating System Inspected Annually
[adsenseone]You furnace is no different than a car – it needs maintenance! Yopur entire HVAC System should be checked twice a year anyhow, once for the cooling season and once again prior to heating season.
Contractors will check the ignition source, check the gas pressure, oil filter for oil furnaces, and all other key components of the system to be sure it starts when you expect it to!
Here is a quick furnace inspection video
Third – Check The Obvious
If you furnace WON'T start, don't start running in circles looking for the phone book, yet. First, check the obvious things that may cause it not to start.
Is the thermostat set to “Heat” mode? I know, it sounds simple, but this is the #1 reason for “No Heat” calls that contractors face every season.
Is the Breaker tripped? Open your circuit breaker panel and see that the breaker for the furnace has not tripped off.
If you have an Oil Furnace – is there oil in the Tank? Again, its more common than you think!
When to Call a Local Contractor
Finally – if you aren't comfortable checking any of these things, call your local HVAC contractor TODAY! If you wait until its cold outside, the demand for their services is through the roof, and their prices tend to rise accordingly! 🙂
Here are some more heating tips from last season.