The Old Farmer’s Almanac has been making predictions about the weather since it first began publication in 1792. By its own estimation, the predictions that its made have been correct 80% of the time. For the coming winter, the good people at the Almanac are predicting that we are in for a long, cold, and freezing winter season. Are you sure that you’ve done enough to make sure that your heater is ready for this season’s coming cold?
What You Need to Do to Get Your Heating System Ready for Winter:
The best time to prepare for winter is in autumn. If you haven’t already done so, schedule an inspection service call with your local heating repair specialist. While different furnace types require slightly different types of service, a heating technician will do the following:
- Clean the ducts. During normal use, carbon deposits line the airways of your heating system. Before firing the furnace up, a good cleaning means that winter operation will be much cleaner and the risk of fire will be significantly reduced.
- Calibrate the thermostat. This simple step keeps an even temperature throughout your home during the cold winter months.
- Check electrical connections and test the blower motor. Nothing is worse than having the blower quit working during the coldest part of the year.
- Review of gas piping and furnace start up. Once the technician has completed his inspection, he’ll run the furnace to make sure that it is in good working order.
During the inspection, you’ll find out if there are problems with your system. Completing necessary repairs in autumn means that you won’t have to call for emergency heating repair service when the temperature dips below freezing.
While the Old Farmer’s Almanac predictions for a severe winter season with extremely low temperatures may not be completely accurate for your locale, one thing is certain. When winter comes, it does get cold and you will need your heating system operating at its best.
To prevent the need for heating repair services throughout the freezing winter, take a tip from us and schedule a fall inspection with your local HVAC specialist.