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Tips and Suggestions

A properly maintained heating system is not only achieved by having your heating system tuned up and cleaned by our service department on a yearly basis. There are many things that you can do to improve the efficiency of your heating system.

Most importantly, a yearly tune up and inspection is the best way to insure that heating system will operate most effectively and safely. A properly maintained heating system works more efficiently which saves you money.

Please see our Maintenance and Service section for a detailed description of our service offerings and detailed description of what our annual tune ups include.

Here are some maintenance tips that you can do at home to improve the efficiency of your heating system
and also some tips in the event you may be having a problem with your system.

A small leak can turn into a major headache if not addressed. Leaking circulators or heating pipes can damage your heating system or cause health issues.

Warm air registers should be cleaned from debris buildup that can restrict the flow of warm air from your furnace. Clean and vacuum your baseboards and registers yearly to keep air flowing over your heating registers freely. Make sure that carpeting or drapes are not blocking any heating register or radiators.

Some filters need to be changed more often than once a year. Dirty or clogged furnace filters could cause your furnace to work harder. This can reduce heating efficiency, waste money, and most importantly, cause premature failure of furnace parts or your entire furnace.

anode rodsThe single most important factor in whether a water heater lives or dies is the condition of its sacrificial anode. Basically your anode is consumed to protect the inside exposed parts of your hot water tank from being damaged from galvanic action and mineral. Changing your anode rod before it is completely consumed is crucial in saving your hot water tank from premature failure resulting in replacement.

If you run your heating system out of oil it will have to be primed to properly work again. Your system may also have pulled some sludge or debris from within your oil tank if it is an older tank. This sludge or debris can cause filter and nozzle damage that may require replacing these items perform at its peak efficiency again. An improper spray pattern at your nozzle will cause soot build up in your heating system that will decrease efficiency and could cause health and safety issues.

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Troubleshooting your heating system

You may be able to save yourself from a costly service call by checking some of the following items if your heating system is not running.

  • Check your thermostat. First check that your thermostat is set higher than your actual room temperature. Also if you have a programmable thermostat, check that the batteries are ok if it has them and that it is set on heat not air or fan.
  • emergency switchCheck that your emergency switch is on. This is the red switch plate that is usually located at the top of the cellar stairs or near the near the boiler or furnace.
  • Breaker panel. If you are familiar with your breaker panel make sure that the breaker for your heating system is on. Call a technician for any other electrical issues beyond the breaker switch.
  • Reset button. If you have access to the burner, reset buttoncheck that the green light near the reset button is on (if your unit is equipped with one). If the light is blinking or is off, try pushing the red reset button once. PUSH THE RESET BUTTON ONE TIME ONLY! Repeated attempts to restart the furnace could be dangerous to its relighting process and should never be done. If the furnace or boiler does not continue running on its own after the first attempt, call a technician.

Remember, a properly maintained heating system works more efficiently which saves you money, lasts longer and is safer for your family. Always keep your heating system tuned up once a year and service any issues when you notice them.

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