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Your DIY Heating System Inspection Checklist

Winter is Coming…Is Your Heater Ready?

winter ready checklist massachusettsAs the colder months approach, it is important to make sure your heating system is in good working order. That way, you will have plenty of time to get any necessary repairs completed or parts ordered, before it gets too chilly around Middlesex County and Norfolk County, Mass.

But what goes into a furnace or boiler inspection, exactly? Read on to learn about the HVAC items that need to be double-checked as the seasons change. Whether you’d like to do an initial system inspection on your own or have an expert look your system over, Needham Oil Complete Heating & Cooling offers a thorough inspection checklist to ensure each and every component of your heating system is in tip-top shape.

Check that air filter, stat!

Replacing a dirty air filter is one of the quickest, easiest and cheapest ways to improve your heating system’s efficiency – not to mention your home’s air quality. When a full air filter starts obstructing the airflow, your heater has to work harder just to blow at the same strength, causing more wear and tear on your heating system and shortening its life.

And speaking of dirt…

Take time to really get a look at your heating vents around the home. If they’re very dusty, this can mean your heating system is clogged with debris or the air filter is ready for a change. If there’s black or dark green residue, it could be a sign of mold.

How does that fan belt look?

Electric furnaces often use fan belts, and those need to be replaced regularly, especially if they appear worn, cracked or loose. The heater’s cover can be opened for a glance at the belt, but be sure to turn the power off first! No worries if this step sounds intimidating, though. One of the courteous and experienced heating technicians with Needham Oil will be happy to walk you through it, or do it for you!

Engage your senses

A thorough heating system inspection can involve all the senses. (Well, almost all of the senses – we don’t recommend tasting any of your heater components!)

  • Look for visible wear and tear, buildup or unusual residue.
  • Listen for unusual noises. Heaters in good condition shouldn’t be banging, clanging, rumbling or grunting.
  • Take note of any strange smells or overheating parts and report to an experienced technician for troubleshooting.
  • Take care to mind the temperature when “feeling” heater components, though. Boilers and radiators especially can get hot.

Skate into winter with peace of mind as a Needham Oil Complete customer

We want to help your family stay safe and comfortable this winter. Get your yearly preventative maintenance checkup and tune-up for your heater this fall, and for your COMPLETE protection, enroll in one of our service plans with the help of Needham Oil Complete Heating & Cooling.