Is Your Heating System Ready For Winter?

Posted On: October 21, 2015

Furnaces are often left unattended throughout the warm summer months. We get it—no one wants to think about their furnace when temperatures are reaching the 90s. But you could be in for an unwelcome, and chilling surprise if you don’t test your furnace before winter arrives.

The heating professionals at Top Notch Heating, Cooling & Plumbing recommend an annual heating system check-up prior to when your furnace or heat pump will be in use. This will ensure your heating system is functioning and ready to keep you and your family warm the minute it gets cold outside.

Perform a Heating System Check-Up

A tune-up isn’t as simple as changing the air filter. Here are a few DIY furnace inspection tips that should be performed annually:

  • Inspect the burner flames
  • Change your furnace filter
  • Lubricate bearings
  • Blow dust off the pilot
  • Clean the flame sensor
  • Inspect the heat exchanger
  • Seal leaky air ducts

Inspecting your heating system before winter arrives helps to reduce, and even prevent, future repairs by addressing small problems before they before become bigger issues. Similarly, performing annual heating system maintenance removes the wear and tear from last season, allowing your system to operate cleanly and efficiently throughout the entire winter. It also improves the system’s performance so you aren’t using excess fuel or electricity to warm your home this winter.

If you’d feel more comfortable letting a professional evaluate and prepare your heating system for those chilly winter months—give us a call at (913) 535-8002 or schedule a furnace inspection appointment today.

Additional Furnace Inspection Tips to Ensure Safe Operation

  • Reduce fire hazards. Make sure nothing flammable has been stored near the furnace. Items to watch out for include: paper products, aerosols, etc.
  • Change your furnace filters on a regular basis. Dirty filters restrict air flow, reducing efficiency of your furnace.
  • Ensure all heating vents are open and unblocked. Vents that are obstructed by furniture or other items will prevent your heating system from evenly heating the home.

Keep Your Family Warm This Winter With Top Notch

You may not want to think about cold weather coming, but it’s time to start thinking about getting your home ready for the coming winter season in the Kansas City Metro and Johnson County areas. Our Top Notch professionals inspect your heating system is make sure it’s prepared to handle those days when the temperature barely rises above freezing. To guarantee your heating system is functioning properly, schedule your furnace inspection appointment or call us at (913) 535-8002!

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