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Don’t wait until the first cold snap test the heater… only to find out it won’t turn on for you. If you have an issue starting your system, even if it’s just an unlit pilot, it’s better to have it fixed now so it’s ready to heat your home when you need it later this fall and winter.
Testing your home heating system is simple as 1, 2, 3. Take a look.
1. Safety First. Check that the area surrounding your home heating system is free of combustible items such as boxes, paper, fabric, or flammables such as paint or chemicals.
2. Is it On? Double check that all thermostat controls, emergency switches and valves are in the “on” position and turn it up 10 degrees higher than the room temperature.
3. Listen. Do you hear it hum into action? If it doesn’t turn on, press the reset button on your burner’s relay one time. If that doesn’t work, contact your local heating oil company, we’ll help you get your system working the way it needs to…before the cold weather (and panic-mode) sets in.
If your system does turn on, but sounds less than normal, it’s probably working harder than it should and will need to be serviced. Simply taking the time to listen to your heating system operate can help you identify minor faults that could escalate over time to larger issues. If you hear rattles, grinding noises or any other sound that makes you think twice, just give us a call.
At Lawes, we recommend that you get your home heating system fully serviced in the early autumn months. Right now is the perfect time for a maintenance check since the weather is cool enough that we no longer need air conditioning and warm enough that we don’t yet need our heater turned on.
A well-serviced heating system is not only more reliable to keep you warm and comfortable during the cold winter months, it’s also more efficient to save you money on heating costs. Since a service checkup will improve the way your equipment functions, it will require less fuel to do the work.
And remember, one simple maintenance task you can do on your own is to clean your air filters seasonally; replace if necessary.