Test Your Home Heating System In 3 Easy Steps

Too many of us go into panic mode when the home heating system stops working. It’s cold outside. You’re cold inside. The heat’s not working. And thoughts are racing through your head: “Why didn’t I test my heating system sooner?” “What should I do now?” “Who should I call to fix my heat?” Take a deep breath; Lawes Home Comfort specialists are here to help.

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.

Will My Home Heating System Last though Winter? Here’s How to Test it:

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.

When Should I Service My Home Heating System?

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.


Home Heating System Maintenance in NJ

Regular furnace maintenance is essential for home comfort and safety. Since 1926, Lawes Heating and Cooling Company in New Jersey, has been keeping families comfortable all year-round. That’s why we provide certified oil and gas burner technicians (and air conditioning technicians) who are available 24-hours a day, 365 days a year. We extend service and repairs on all brands and models of residential oil or gas-fired heating equipment: furnaces, boilers, hot water heaters, and indirect hot water heaters. Give us a call at (732)741-6302 and rest assured that you and your family will be warm all winter long.

Schedule an Annual HVAC Tune-Up

Remember to get an annual checkup to save big on future home energy bills. Our professional HVAC technicians can spot problems and correct inefficiencies.

Invest in an Eco-Friendly HVAC

Yes, buying a new HVAC unit isn’t cheap. But modern Energy Star models are much more efficient which leads to extra energy and cost savings down the road. Look for a unit with a high-energy efficiency ratio (EER) and you may also qualify for a tax credit for bonus savings.

Lawes Home Heating Oil and Automatic Oil Delivery Service

Heating and cooling are a home’s most expensive systems, typically chewing up 48 percent of the utility budget, according to the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE). And New Jersey bills are particularly big…and expected to get bigger this winter. With over 85 years in the business, our tank experts and home comfort specialists are here to help you stay warm and save money at the same time. Go ahead and pat yourself on the back for implementing these money-saving hacks, you should start to see a significant savings in your energy bills almost immediately!


Contact us at today at 732-741-6300 to schedule a delivery or set up an account.