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How to Check Your Heating System for Quality Performance

how to check your home heating system in the fall

With the mild temperatures and weather so far this year, you're probably not concerned about your heating system (at least not yet). You should, however, take the time to understand how to check your heating system in order to be prepared for winter.

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How to Check Your Heating System

Before you call in the experts, you can perform a quick once-over of your heater to see if you can identify any issues that may present themselves. According to the experts at Energy Star, you should perform a tune up at least once a year. Here are some things to look for:

Check that your thermostat is working properly.

Set it to a particular temperature and make sure that the home hovers around that number with a thermometer. You should also look around the thermostat controls themselves to see if any wires are corroding and need to be replaced.

Bonus tip: You can easily save energy in the winter by setting the thermostat to 68 degrees Fahrenheit while you're awake and setting it lower while you're asleep or away from home.

Inspect your gas connections.

If you have a furnace, make sure the hose running between your gas line and the unit is connected securely on each end and that gas isn't leaking out at any point. You can test for leaks by dabbing a little dish soap near the connection to see if bubbles form.

Look closely at any plastic parts to see if they appear to be melting or have been warped by heat.

Regular maintenance checks help keep your heating system performing through the winter. If it's been a while, your system may need a checkup by your local DC heating repair contractor to make sure that there aren't any problems or potential for damage that you haven't noticed.

Schedule regular maintenance checks.

Don't let the winter cold creep into your home. The best way to avoid an issue is to schedule regular maintenance checks each season. If you don't know how to check your heating system, your safest bet is to call the experts at John C. Flood today.