As we are getting into the heating season, you need to take good care of your heating systems. To help you out, here are some of the ways recommended by heating repair professionals on what you should do:
Forced air systems
Whether your forced air system is powered by gas, oil, or electricity, you need to keep the airways clean for it function optimally. One of the things you should do is to inspect the ductwork and ensure that there are no open joints. You also should check the system for mold, rust, and any dust that might have built up.
You should open up the joints and reseal them using good quality duct tape. If the ducts have corroded, repair or replace them, if they are too damaged.
Another thing you should do is to clean the ductwork and registers regularly. If you have the skills, you should clean the units on your own, but if you have never done it before, let a heating expert do it for you.
Oil-fired furnaces and boilers
Oil fired furnaces are sensitive; therefore, you should ensure that an experienced contractor maintains them. One of the things you should do is to change the oil regularly. At least once a year, buy a replacement oil filter and ask the contractor to install it for you. When purchasing the new filter, ensure that it’s the same as the one that you have installed before.
You also need to replace the oil nozzle. It’s common for the nozzles to be clogged with buildup from the impurities in the fuel. You don’t have to replace it every year—the best way of doing it is replacing it when the HVAC company recommends it.
Hydronic heating systems
These aren’t very common, but if you have them in your home, you should take good care of them. These systems are characterized by having a boiler rather than a furnace at their heart. To keep them in good shape, check for standing water. If present, get rid of it as soon as you can.
You also should check the water temperature and pressure. For peace of mind, ensure that the water temperature is between 180⁰F and 200⁰F. When it comes to the pressure, it should be between 12 PSI and 25 PSI.
These are some of the ways in which you can take good care of your heating units. To have an easy time, work with experienced HVAC contractors.