You might think that the summer weather will never end but it indeed has! The fall weather is here and you need to be sure that you are ready. Not only for your favorite pumpkin flavored treat and wardrobe but you need to prepare your furnace or boiler. The heating unit is what will work to keep your home cool in the summer and warm in the winter. The fall weather will start to cool down and this is when many homes start up the furnace, boiler or heater but before you do that you should be prepared. The heating unit in your home has been sitting dormant for months now and you want to be sure that there are no repairs that need to be made before you get started.
Agape Air Conditioning, Heating & Plumbing Lists Steps to Take When You Are Ready to Turn On Your Furnace or Boiler This Fall
Furnace or Boiler Cleaning: You want to make sure that your furnace that has been sitting is cleared of any debris and dirt before it is used. You need to shut off the power from the gas line before starting the cleaning process. If you are not sure what to do you need to check with a professional. You can then remove the cover of the unit so that you can clean out the dirt that has been building up over the last few months. You can use a wet cloth to clean the fan, blades and vents. This will ensure that the air has good ventilation. In regards to cleaning a boiler, make sure you shut off the boiler and let it cool down first. Next remove the chimney/flue pipe and vacuum out all the soot. It’s best to contact a professional for deeper cleaning.
Repair Any Furnace or Boiler Cracks & Leaks: If you are using a heater, boiler or furnace it is going to create carbon monoxide. This is a gas that is colorless and odorless but can be extremely deadly! People die each and every year from not properly maintaining their heating unit that has a leak. The carbon monoxide is okay when it is released into the open air outside and can be diluted down. But when it is leaking into a closed and sealed off home the results will be catastrophic. The unit is equipped to heat the air and release the carbon monoxide but even a small hole is enough to send the poisonous gas filling up your home. You want to be sure that your unit is inspected for leaks, cracks or weak points and repaired before you turn it on.
Filters Need to Be Replaced: This is a must for all homes and is a job that is done on a regular basis. Although it is done often it is very important to change them and install new ones when you are switching from cooling to heating.
Professional Heating Inspection: You want to be sure that you hire a professional that will come out and do an inspection on the entire unit. We can check the electrical and gas connections, fans, belts, pilot lights and other moving and working parts. If they are in need or repairs it can be done right away.