How to Test Your Heating System

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Don’t be like those homeowners who wait until the start of winter to check and test their heating systems. Your heating system deserves regular maintenance and testing so as not to malfunction when you need it the most (especially during winter). 

The whole point of testing your heating system prior to cold seasons is to ensure it will be in safe, working condition. But what does testing your heating system involve? Here’show to test your heating system so as to ensure it's ready to serve you well during cold seasons.

Testing your heating system checklist

Here’s a checklist on how to check your heating system:

Replace or clean your air filters.

Your air filter has a huge impact on the air quality of your home. If you neglect cleaning or replacing your air filters regularly, then expect your heater's efficiency to drop. Not only will your system heat your home poorly, but it can also skyrocket your home energy bills as well (and who likes wasting money?). HVAC experts recommend you replace your filters every 1-3 months since they get clogged and dirty with time.

Oil your blower motor and check the blower belt.

It’s important to oil your blower motor since a lack of lubrication causes friction, which may damage your system with time. Also, the blower belt tends to dry up and fray as a result of increased exposure to outdoor air. This could cause your heating system to heat up with difficulty or slowly. If it’s damaged, consider contacting a HVAC expert to help repair the blower belt.

Protect your house against carbon monoxide gas

Furnaces tend to produce carbon monoxide. While the gas is harmless at certain levels, it can be deadly for those around the home if it’s at higher levels. It’s important to ensure your blower doors are closed/sealed. Sealing your blower doors will ensure the combustion gases produced exit your home safely. Also, ensure your carbon monoxide detectors function well, since they’re the only warnings that will let you know when carbon monoxide levels are too high.

Check to see if your heating system runs well

To do this, turn on the emergency switch and then turn the thermostat reading up about ten degrees more than the indoor temperature. Expect the heating system to function after a few minutes. If this doesn’t happen, press the reset button on the system. If it still doesn’t function, inspect the circuit  breaker or fuse to see if it tripped – and if the thermostat readings are correct. If the problem persists, consider contacting a HVAC specialist for help.

Heating system maintenance near me

If you need some help testing your heating system, contact Moncrief Heating & Air Conditioning for Heating and Air Repair Atlanta. If you’re in Roswell, Moncrief Heating & Air Conditioning also provides Heating and Air Roswell.