It’s looking a lot like Christmas around the country with a definitely chill in the air. If you haven't already had your heating system tuned up, now is the time.
Neglect is a top cause of heating system inefficiency and failure, according to ENERGYSTAR.gov. Proper maintenance can help ensure your system works as efficiently and cost-effectively as possible throughout the winter. Failing to care for your heating system now could leave you without heat or with hefty emergency repair bills if the system breaks down during very cold weather.
A tune-up is an inexpensive way to ensure heating equipment is operating properly, and provides peace of mind that no potentially harmful blockage exists in a flue or exhaust vent. While it's best to service a heating system before the cold weather arrives, it's also never too late to perform routine maintenance.
According to the home repair experts, a typical professional heating system tune-up will include:
* Inspect safety features and controls
* Check thermostats (including adjustment if needed)
* Inspect burners (with adjustments if necessary)
* Check and clean the pilot light
* Check and clean any gauges
* Flush low-water cutoff
* Inspect filters, belts, oil motors, pumps and condensate line (if applicable)
* Check the flue pipe and chimney draft
* Inspect and clean the blower assembly