Taking the time to prepare your heating system for the intense use it will experience during the winter can help you to avoid malfunctions and unnecessary expenses. While this is an important task for any homeowner to do, you might not have a full understanding regarding the steps that will be involved in this process.
Check The Air Filters Prior To The Start Of The Heating Season
A basic but important thing that you should do for your heating system will be to inspect the air filters. During the spring and summer months, it can be possible for these filters to have become compromised in a number of ways. For example, large amounts of dust can collect on the filter and this could block air from flowing through it. Also, mold or mildew could start to grow on the filter, which can spread spores throughout the home. By checking the air filter before you run the heating system for the first time, you will be able to find and correct these issues before they compromise the performance of your system.
Test Oil Or Gas Burning Heaters At The Start Of The Fall
Many homeowners will have combustion based heating systems in their homes. These systems will often use either oil or natural gas to heat the home. To accomplish this, these systems will use a burner to ignite these fuels. Over the course of using these burners, they can become clogged due to unburnt fuel residue collecting and trapping dust. Each fall, you should test these burners to ensure that they are able to function correctly. In some instances, you may notice that the flame appears to burn unevenly or it may fail to ignite at all. Performing these tests at the start of fall will give you enough time to have these problems repaired before they lead to issues during the cold winter days and nights.
Remove Excess Air From Radiator And Boiler Systems
If you have a radiator or boiler based heating system, it is important to remove any excess air before the start of the heating system. Air bubbles can form in these systems during the months when they are not being used, and these bubbles can greatly compromise the system's ability to transport heat through the home as well as posing a risk of catastrophic failure by leading to excessive internal pressure. Your radiators and boiler will have an air release valve that will allow you to easily vent these air pockets from the system.
To learn more, contact a company like Biggerstaff Plumbing Heating & Air.