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DIY Heater Checkup for Fall and Winter

Do you want to be fully prepared for fall and winter? Then take a look at our tips below for your DIY furnace checkup for fall and winter.

  1. Do you have extra filters? It’s always a great idea to stock up on filters for your furnace. Depending on the filter type, you should change it every 1-3 months to maintain optimum air quality and reduce strain on your heater.
  2. Have you changed the furnace filter recently? Remember that when you first turn on your heater for the winter season, you should change the filter.
  3. Do you have things sitting next to the furnace? Your furnace needs room to breathe, so make sure that you don’t have any boxes, blankets, clothing items, furniture, or other household objects resting up against your heater. There should be a few inches of empty space on all sides of the furnace, and make sure nothing flammable is stored nearby.
  4. Have you checked the air vents or ducts? The air vents and ducts can become packed with debris when not in frequent use. Make sure to have a professional heating and air technician inspect and clean out your air ducts as needed.
  5. Are all the registers open? Your house won’t get any warmer if you have the registers in every room closed. Make sure to check that the registers are open and to clean off any visible debris from the vents.
  6. Do you have a gas furnace? Make sure you have enough gas for the colder months! Try to fill up far in advance to avoid higher gas prices.
  7. Do you have a hot water radiator? Have a heating technician bleed the valves on your hot water radiator. This gets rid of trapped air, which prevents your radiator from heating your home.
  8. Have you updated the schedule on your automatic thermostat? If you plan on leaving your heater on all day, but won’t be home to adjust the temperature as needed, then having a programmable thermostat is a wise choice. You should set the heater so that it doesn’t go on as frequently at night when you are sleeping cozily in your bed. This will reduce your energy usage and save you money on your winter heating bills.
  9. Are you enrolled in a bi-annual or quarterly maintenance program? We ALWAYS recommend that our customers enroll in a regular furnace maintenance program. Our heating and air technicians can ensure that your filters are changed, ducts are cleaned, and everything is in tip top shape for the cold winter months.
  10. Is your furnace malfunctioning? If you’ve completed your checklist but have found that your furnace is malfunctioning, call our experts at My Plumber. We’ll help you to perform your furnace checkup for fall and winter!
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Tips for Your Fall Furnace Checkup in San Diego

We always recommend to our customers that they start up the furnace as fall approaches to ensure that everything is working properly. Because it has been many months since you last ran your heater, the chance that your furnace will malfunction are higher. Below are some common furnace problems you might encounter during your fall furnace checkup in San Diego.

The Furnace Won’t Turn On

If this happens to you, first check that the thermostat switch is in the on position. If it is, then check your temperature setting to make sure that it is set to a temperature higher than the current indoor temperature. Still no luck? Check the date and time of your thermostat – if you are on a program setting, then date and time will determine when the furnace turns on. Lastly, try replacing the battery on the thermostat control. If your furnace still will not turn on, have a professional check your furnace shut-off switch, breaker, and fuse.

The Air Smells Stuffy or Musty

Musty smelling air when the furnace is on is a sure indicator that you should check the air filter and change it as necessary. A clogged air filter can also cause the furnace to shut itself off until the filter is changed out.

The Furnace is On, But Only in One Room

Be sure to check the vents and registers in all rooms of your home, and clean debris from them as needed. Have a professional duct work specialist seal any leaks, which will ensure that air is not escaping somewhere other than into your rooms.

Still Not Sure What the Problem is? Try this.

If none of the above worked, then it’s time to call in the professionals. Have a tech clean out the chimney exhaust and flush the drain lines. Your heating and air technician should also check the pilot light and gas line to make sure they are on and functioning properly.

Remember – our heating technicians at My Plumber are always available to help you with your fall furnace checkup and repairs in San Diego. Call us today to schedule an inspection and get advice over the phone.