With the mild temperatures and weather so far this year, you're probably not concerned about your heating system right now. You should, however, take the time to perform these 4 simple steps to ensure your heating system is ready for when winter hits. Help it to keep your home warm and comfortable.
Before you call them, you can perform a quick once-over of your heater to see if you can identify any issues that maypresent themselves. 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.
- 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.
Your safest bet is to call John C. Flood and have us perform routine maintenance on your heating system. The next snowstorm could be only days away, and you'll want to make sure that your heater is ready to keep your house nice and toasty.