How To Test Your Heating System Before Winter

Wouldn’t it be a shame if the first cold day of the year rolled on in and you went to turn on the heat only to realize a vital component has failed? Time to get out the hats, mittens and scarves to keep warm. Well, not so fast! It’s time to test your home’s heating system now, before you’re left out in the cold!

Step 1 – Turning The System On

The first thing you’ll want to do, is turn the system to the “heat” setting and raise the temperature on the thermostat a few degrees so that it’s set to at least 10° warmer than the temperature of the room.

Listen for the system to fire up and then check the temperature in the room with a thermometer after roughly 15 minutes.

You should feel heat coming up from the radiators or out of the vents and the temperature of the room should begin to increase.

Step 2 – Checking For Cracks, Rust & Damage

Now that the system successfully fired up, inspect the heat exchanger for cracks, rust and any other obvious signs of damage.

Why is this step so important? Larger cracks could interrupt steady flames from the burner and cause them to blow out, or worse, start a fire.

Step 3 – Maintaining The Filter

Believe it or not, dirty filters are one of the most common causes of system breakdowns. It’s vital to make sure you clean or replace the filter regularly and if you didn’t do so before you shut your system down last year, now is the time!

For more than 80 years, we have been solving heating issues in the Detroit Metro area. We have the experience to solve any and every problem quickly, efficiently and cost effectively. So, if you’re having a problem with your heating system, call us today at 1-888-LEVINE1.