Posted on: 16 November 2015Share
Winter is just around the corner, which means you're going to be firing up your heater soon. Since your heater has been sitting dormant during the summer, there are a few things you should do before you start using it again. Here are four tips that will help ensure your heater is prepared for the cold weather.
Vacuum the Filter Compartment
Dust has been accumulating during the summer. Before you turn your heater on for the first time this winter, you need to remove the dust and debris from the filter compartment. Remove the cover from the filter compartment and use your vacuums hose attachment to clean as far into the ducts as you can reach. Once you've vacuumed the compartment, insert a fresh filter.
Fill the Propane Tank
If your heater is powered by propane or heating oil, it's a good idea to have the tank filled before winter arrives. Propane and heating oil are less expensive during the summer months, which means filling your tank towards the end of summer will save you money and ensure that you're prepared for that first cold day.
Bleed the Valves
Hot water radiators also need to be prepared for cold weather. Because you haven't been using your radiator for several months, air bubbles could have developed inside the radiator lines. Take a few minutes to bleed the valves. Simply turn the valves to the on position and leave them open until water begins to drain. If you see air bubbles, or the water gurgles as it comes out, leave the valve open until the bubbles and gurgling stop. This will ensure that there is no air in the water lines.
Test the Thermostat
Having your thermostat malfunction in the middle of winter can leave you out in the cold. Turn the heater on and allow it to operate through an entire cycle. If your thermostat is operating properly, your heater should turn on when the temperature is below the setting and turn off as soon as the optimum temperature is reached.
If your thermostat doesn't function properly, remove the faceplate and replace the batteries. It's also a good idea to inspect the wiring while you have the faceplate off. If you notice any damaged wires or your thermostat continues to malfunction, you should have a repair technician like those at Allcounty Plumbing Heating & Air Conditioning come out and replace your thermostat.
The best time to prepare your heater for the winter is before the cold weather arrives. Follow the tips provided here to ensure that your heater is ready to keep you warm this winter.