10 Ways To Prepare Your Heater For Winter

prepare heater for winterThe changing seasons inevitably lead to dropping temperatures in Texas as winter begins its ominous march. Both Dallas Fort Worth and Arlington residents aren’t immune to these chills, so it makes sense for all homeowners and businesses to make sure that their heater either gets a HVAC tune-up or has maintenance done on it.

That’s because neglected HVAC units can break down at the most inopportune times, which can be uncomfortable in a variety of ways. Not only will it drastically reshape living conditions for the time being, but it also runs the risk of resulting in a huge repair bill.

Max Mechanical is aware of this, which is why listed below are 10 easy ways that a heater for those in the Dallas Fort Worth and Arlington areas can be ready for the first real blast of winter:

  • Remove any clutter from around the furnace, especially potentially flammable items. Failure to do so could result in disaster or even tragedy.
  • The exhaust flue should also be cleared of any potential debris, since it’s in a vulnerable spot outside the home.
  • Adjusting the thermostat from cooling to heating will make sure that you’ll get warmed up instead of chilled. Also, make sure to check that it’s working properly, which can be done by turning it off, then on. The startup should be immediate.
  • Cranking up a furnace that may need a tune-up or maintenance could potentially expose those in the home or business to carbon monoxide poisoning. Therefore, make sure one is in place with new batteries or have one installed.
  • Another way to avoid the dangers of such poisoning is to make sure that the blower doors are sealed. This makes sure that any such gas leaves the home safely.
  • When it comes to the cleaning or changing of air filters for any HVAC unit, this should be done at least every three months. However, less dirt will collect when the change takes place, so changing it as soon as one month apart will help keep things running smoothly.
  • Given the importance of the furnace blower to your heating system, the belt needs to be checked and it should be oiled once a year.
  • Checking the burners to make sure that no dust or debris has accumulated since it was turned off. Potential signs of rust and possible misalignment should also be detected.
  • Make sure all of the home vents are unblocked, since not allowing the heat to circulate can result in a furnace that’s overheated.
  • Set up an appointment with Max Mechanical to have your HVAC unit receive either a tune-up or have maintenance performed on it.

Max Mechanical has been around since 1994, so we’re well acquainted with what’s involved with winter weather in the Dallas Fort Worth and Arlington sections of North Texas. Therefore, just to make sure your heater is ready, contact us online or give us a call at 817-459-4100 or 972-233-1637.

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