The most important part about getting your heating system ready for the winter is to have your system serviced by a professional technician. This will ensure that you begin the heating season with an efficient, clean, functional heating system. Once a technician takes care of the system, it's important to continue to take care of the unit so that works well throughout the winter months. Filters should be checked every month, you should make sure the outdoor unit doesn't have any debris around it, and the exhaust vent should be damage free. When you have a system failure, you can try to see what the problem is. If you aren't able to fix the issue, it's time to call a professional HVAC company.
Repairs You Can Try On Your Own When There Isn't Any Heat
Many times the problem can be a simple one if you know what to check when your heat won't turn on. First, check your fuse box or circuit breakers. If the circuit has been tripped or the fuse blown, your heat isn't going to turn on. Change the fuse or switch the circuit breaker back on. If this doesn't work, the drive belt might be broken. You can try to replace it, or have an HVAC professional come and repair the problem.
When Your Heat Doesn't Get You Warm
A clogged filter can cause your rooms not to get warm enough. Look around your home at all of your heating grates, and make sure that there isn't anything blocking them. Check your heating duct work and look for leaks. If your duct work is leaking, repair the leaks using some duct tape. If your heat still won't get warm, you may need to call for help. You can also check to see if your thermostat is working correctly. Sometimes an old thermostat can be turned up to a set level, but only allows your home to get to a temperature much lower.
To keep your system running efficiently during the winter, you can help by making sure you don't have any drafts coming into the home. Turn on ceiling fans to help circulate air, but makes sure the fan isn't blowing air down into the room. Open up curtains during sunny days and allow the sun to help heat up your home. Turn down your heat a few degrees at night to help conserve energy.
For more information or assistance, contact a heating and air conditioning specialist in your area.