Warming Up A Heater ― Before It Overheats

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There’s already been an October cold snap and November snow flurries. Waiting too long to prepare a heater for its annual winter workout could have chilling effects. Here are some tips on how to get a heating unit ready for action from Cross Country Home Services, a leader in home warranty products. By following these simple steps that include getting a visit from a certified service technician and making sure heating units are covered with by warranties, the coldest months on the calendar can barely register on a well heated home’s interior thermostat.

There’s already been an October cold snap and November snow flurries. Waiting too long to prepare a heater for its annual winter workout could have chilling effects. Here are some tips on how to get a heating unit ready for action from Cross Country Home Services, a leader in home warranty products. By following these simple steps that include getting a visit from a certified service technician and making sure heating units are covered with by warranties, the coldest months on the calendar can barely register on a well heated home’s interior thermostat.

Step 1: Turn On Regularly Before Cold Sets In
The most common phrase HVAC companies hear during the first cold snap of the year is, “I just turned on my heat for the first time this year, and it doesn’t work.” The only way to make sure your heating unit will work when it’s needed most is to test run it each season. Keeping it in sporadic use helps your HVAC system stay ready. Make sure to vary temperature settings during testing.

Step 2: Make Sure Unit Is Clear of Debris
Your heating unit needs the same care as your A/C. Leaves, trash and other debris that collect when it’s idle will prevent its optimum use and could eventually lead to a systems failure. Make a point to clear it when you’re raking those fall leaves in the yard. Also, blower fans should be kept dust-free.

Step 3: Baseboard Cleaning
Not only must you keep the outside unit clear, but homes heated with hot water and/or electric baseboard heating must have those baseboard convectors and radiators kept clean. Obstructions from objects, dirt, even dust will prevent it from running efficiently and may lead to bigger problems.

Step 4: Change/Clean Filters
Replaceable filters should be checked and replaced once a month in the fall, and twice a month in the winter. Permanent filters should be cleaned at least once a month. This is an essential step to preserve the longevity of your unit and keep it operating smoothly.

Step 5: Make Sure To Have a Service Plan and Home Warranty
No matter how much care you give your heating units, unless you are a certified technician you won’t be able to handle every problem that may arise. Storms and accidents happen, therefore you need a service plan that affords you access to a certified technician. And even they can’t fix everything, so protection with a plan like the [TotalProtect® home warranty that covers a replacement unit is also critical.

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