Suggestions to keep your furnace functioning

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Before you call the furnace maintenance technician, here are suggestions to keep your furnace functioning good this winter season. Here are some central heater tips to understand and take care of your heating system. Here you will discover how check your furnace, how to turn it on and what to do if it won’t light.
Here’s how to turn on your heater:.
Check the breaker that regulates your central heater. Turn it on.
Look for the heater switch. Generally it’s near the furnace. Turn it on.
Set your thermostat, switch the heater to heat, turn up the temperature level and the heater ought to be going!
How to change your furnace filter.
The furnace filter takes the dust out of the air that your heater is moving. After a while, it’s collected as much dirt as it can without slowing up the airflow in your air system. That’s the time to change the filter. Change it annually, in the fall, or more often, as needed. Filters are cheap and only take a few minutes to swap out.
Open the furnace or filter door, Sometimes you have to look around a little to find it. It will be in the ductwork that returns air to your furnace.
Slide the old filter out. You can see if it needs replacing if you see it covered with dust. You ought to be able to see through the filter. If you can’t, change it. Actually, filters are cheap enough, replace it anyway.
Slide in the fresh filter. Write the date on the visible edge of the filter.
Close the door.
How to test your Heater’s airflow.
Do you have a cold room in your house? Possibly you are wondering if the heater is pumping air at all? Here’s an easy way to check.
Turn off your furnace at the thermostat. Take a common sized plastic garbage bag and tape it around a heat register. Turn on the furnace. Time how many seconds it takes to fill up the bag.
Seconds: 2 = 75 CFM (cubic feet/minute).
Seconds: 4 = 40 CFM.
Seconds: 10 = 20 CFM.
If your system is pumping below 10 CFM, then you should get the system looked at. (See below).
What to do if your furnace won’t start up.
OK, the house is cold, no air is being pumped. The heater is quiet. You do not like to call the service man and have it be something you could have fixed yourself. What to do?
Check the furnace switch, Is it on?
Is the thermostat set accurately? Is it switched to heat? Is the temperature set high enough?
If the thermostat has batteries, are they fresh?
Is the venting for the furnace blocked by snow or ice? (See below).
Is the circuit breaker in the breaker box switched on?
Is the furnace door correctly closed?
Do you need to change the furnace filter?
If none of these are the problem, call your heater repair specialist and they ought to be able to diagnose and fix the problem.
How to remove vent blockages.
If you think the heater vent is plugged with ice or snow, here’s what you should try.
Shut off the furnace at the heater switch or at the breaker box. Them go clear the obstruction, when done turn the heater back on.
What to do if your heater isn’t blowing air?
If your heater isn’t moving air and you’ve checked all of the above, you may have a burnt out ventilator motor. Call the service specialist and get them to take a look.
Do you smell gas?
Gas smells a little like rotten eggs. It can blow up or it can asphyxiate you. If you smell gas, don’t flip any switches. Open up your windows and go to a neighbors to call the gas company, and/or the fire department or your furnace repair technician, right away. Don’t stay in a house that is leaking gas.
Ways to save cash on your heat expense!
If your heater is old, think about changing it. New heaters are a great deal more efficient than old hardware, you will recoup the cost of the heating system, eventually, in your gas savings.
Does your residence leak air?
A major loss of heat is around doors and windows. Seal up the cracks to minimize your heat bill. A lot of gas companies have subsidized programs that will seal up your house for you. Otherwise do it yourself.  There’s more central air conditioning tips here.