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Avoiding Trouble with Your Heating System

sick-coupleNew England is one of those areas where the frigid grip of winter can squeeze hard and long. If you want to make it through the coldest time of the year comfortably, you really need a heater that is going to step up to the plate and knock the ball right out of the park. That doesn’t mean that you can hope for your heater to bat a thousand,  though.

All heaters, even those that are manufactured by the best names in the industry and which are expertly installed by qualified professionals,  will encounter operational problems of one kind or another eventually. When your system starts to act up, you need to schedule professional heating repair in Newington right away. In the meantime, here are some tips to help you avoid trouble with your heater to begin with.

Keep the Area Surrounding Heating Units Clean

Do you use a furnace to heat your home? Where is the indoor unit located? Regardless of where the system is installed, it is important that you keep the area surrounding it clean at all times. If you fail to do so, a forced air system may wind up pulling pollutants into itself, and it may suffer as a result. Whatever type of heater you may use, you also should avoid storing items very close to it. This could be dangerous in the event that anything gets into a combustion chamber.

If you use a heat pump, then you will definitely want to keep the outdoor unit clear of snow. If there is no snow on the ground, you still want to make sure that there are no tree branches or leaves on top of the system, or surrounding it. Unobstructed airflow is a must if you want your heat pump to function properly, and it may be damaged if you allow debris to settle on top and then it falls into the fan area.

Change the Air Filter

This one is specific to forced air heaters, such as furnaces and heat pumps. You really need to make sure that your air filter is clean at all times. There are a lot of different factors that may influence how frequently yours needs to be changed, but every 1-3 months is pretty standard.

A dirty air filter increases airflow resistance, and high airflow resistance can lead to problems caused by increased strain. Not only might efficiency drop, but your system may start to overheat and short cycle. Changing the air filter is as simple as it is beneficial.

Schedule Annual Maintenance

We’ve said it countless times and we’ll continue to do so, because it’s true—there is no better way to protect your heater than routine HVAC maintenance. Always schedule this service annually, and always do so with a trained professional. Your heater is going to suffer a lot of wear and tear over the heating season, and annual maintenance is the best way to have that wear and tear dealt with before it negatively affects your system.

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