If you ever have a need for service for any part of your home heating system, please don’t hesitate to contact B.M.C/Clower. We promise prompt arrival, professional service and guaranteed results.
That being said, we wanted to take a minute to share some simple home heating system fixes that some homeowners might want to tackle themselves (not that we wouldn’t be happy to handle these as well).
Home Heating Maintenance and Repairs
First, if you have a furnace, we highly recommend regular cleaning and/or replacement of the air filter. This should be performed any time you can see dust buildup (probably a minimum of once per month during the constant operation of the winter heating season).
If your system includes an air handler that is also used for air conditioning, you’ll want to make this a year-round practice.
When changing the air filter on your furnace, you will also want to check and clean the furnace blower motor and the fan blades, as these most directly contribute to the buildup on the filter itself. As with any electrical repair, you will want to be sure you shut off the electricity first. Otherwise, it’s a fairly simple and straightforward process.
Second, if you have a boiler heating system and there seems to be an abundance of noise emanating from the radiators in your home, it’s probably just an issue with trapped air. You can simply pressurize your system and bleed the trapped air from the line starting with the radiator farthest from the system itself. This simple fix has saved more than a few service calls.
Third, you need to perform regular inspections of every aspect of your system, from the basement mechanics that power it all to the living spaces in which they function. Check to make sure there is no soot, rust or corrosion anywhere near your furnace (including the floor surrounding it), and that all air registers, grills and/or radiators are kept clean and free from obstructions.
Go around to all of the rooms (especially those less often visited) and make sure no furniture or drapery is blocking the flow of the air or energy that is being produced and distributed by the system.
In addition to these simple maintenance steps, it’s also a good idea to schedule annual professional maintenance to tune your system and test for efficiency and common wear issues to extend the life of your system.
If you take the time to monitor and maintain your home heating system, it will not only produce more efficiently and effectively on a monthly basis, but will be sure to last that much longer in the long run. Considering the significant investment in both the systems and the energy required to run them, these simple fixes should be a regular part of your homeowner routine.