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With cold weather rolling in, it's time to have your heater checked

White House Pictured from the front lawn

Temperatures in the DC area are expected to dip into the mid-30s next week, and the Weather Channel is predicting some snowfall on Sunday. Consequently, residents are probably going to be firing up their heaters and staying inside to keep warm until the cold gives way sometime late next week, at which point it will be replaced by showers and rain.

If you haven't already, you should definitely contact a Maryland or Virginia heating repair contractor today to have them check out your HVAC system and make sure everything is working properly. Having a furnace or radiator that isn't functioning presents a number of problems, including a risk of fire or home damage. In addition, older furnaces that aren't regularly maintained can burn inefficiently, which will result in higher utility bills for you and your family.

There are several things that your Maryland or Arlington, Virginia HVAC repair specialist should check when inspecting and servicing your heater:

  • Furnaces should be regularly cleaned. If mineral deposits build up on the interior walls of the unit, it can lead to corrosion.
  • Heat exchangers are an important part of your system and should be carefully examined for any damage or wear and tear.
  • They should also check your smoke and carbon monoxide detectors and replace the batteries.

So far, the Beltway has had a relatively mild winter, but it probably won't stay that way indefinitely. Instead of waiting for the first blizzard of the season, we recommend having John C. Flood inspect your heater now, so that when storms do eventually hit, you'll be fully prepared.