Having a heater is an amazing privilege. Unfortunately, however, most people don't realize just how much they rely on their heaters until they suddenly stop working. The worst time for a heater to stop working is, of course, in the winter. Fortunately, there are many things you can do to get your heater ready for the cooler months and to make sure it lasts all the way through.
Change Your Filters
Ideally, you should be changing your heater's filter on a regular basis, at least once every three months. If you want to be extra cautious, you can even go so far as to change it every month.
In reality, though, most people have a lot of things on their mind and fail to keep up with that schedule. Even if you haven't been as proactive as you should about changing your filter, make sure you do it right before winter. The last thing you want is for a small problem, like a clogged filter, to land you without heat for a few days. Plus, if a filter is left too long, it could cause serious, internal damage to your heater, rendering you without heat for even longer.
Clean Vents and Ducts
Another small maintenance issue, that, if neglected long-term, can lead to serious problems, is failing to clean your heater's ducts and vents.
On a regular basis, use a vacuum to get rid of dust and dirt in these areas. If they build up, they can get into your system and lead to temporary or even permanent failure. To be extra cautious after using your vacuum, wipe these areas down with a moist rag, allow to dry thoroughly, and repeat if dust is still visible.
Inspect the Belts
A loose belt inside your furnace can lead to decreased efficiency and, eventually, complete failure. Check to make sure the heater's belt is in proper, working condition.
If you do happen to notice that the belt isn't in prime operating condition or if you can't tell for sure, be sure to call in professionals to take a look. Many people wrongly think belt issues can be fixed with a little bit of oil, but that's not always the case. In fact, unless the problem is just a simple dry belt, oil isn't going to do you any good long-term.
As you can see, getting your heater ready for winter isn't all that hard. You just need to be aware of your own capabilities and of what is beyond your scope and requires professional help. The best rule to follow is that when in doubt, call in the pros for some help. Plus, having a professional inspection done prior to the winter is always a smart bet, just in case you missed any problems. Contact Colorado Comfort Systems for more information.