Perhaps not surprisingly, Alaska is the coldest state in America, but North Dakota tops the list as the next coldest U.S. state during winter.
But even if you are lucky enough to enjoy relatively mild weather for most of the winter, there can still be those cold snaps when the temperature drops far lower than usual.
While you may usually focus on how you will protect your home’s exterior this winter, freezing temperatures can last for a few days or carry on for weeks.
When the temperature drops, you want to be sure that your home will stay warm, so you need to stay ahead of the winter weather and make sure your heating system is ready before winter puts it to the test.
Heating your home and water costs more money and energy than any other system you will have in your home. Most people, therefore, switch off their heating system during the summer.
Starting it up from cold is an essential first step in getting your heating system ready for winter.
Heating systems need regular maintenance to provide continued efficiency and performance, and ideally, you should organize it before you start up your boiler for the winter.
A quality heating system should last between eight to 12 years, according to home maintenance specialists at Carter’s My Plumber.
But it will last a lot longer with regular maintenance by a professional.
Heating System Maintenance
Once your plumber has given your boiler system a proper tune-up, there are a few things you should do before you use it for the first time to ensure it runs smoothly.
Your boiler components need to be clean for the system to work efficiently, so make sure you remove any dirt or debris on the air openings and combustion and louvers with a vacuum or cleaning brush.
Check the boiler has the correct amount of water, all stack dampers are open, there are no obstructions in the boiler furnace, and that the manual fuel valves are open.
You can then continue with your usual start-up process, carefully watching the system turn on to check it follows its standard start-up sequence.
Boiler Problems To Watch Out For
To avoid any problems with your heating system during the winter, once you’ve started up your boiler, keep a close eye on it for any signs that the boiler may need repair.
For instance, if there is a smell of burning plastic, oil, or metal, your boiler makes unusual noises when it starts, runs, or stops.
If you aren’t getting any hot water or the boiler shuts down on its own, you should get a plumber to take a look at it as soon as possible.
Don’t wait until you and your family are faced with freezing showers in the morning and a home that feels like an igloo before you get your heating system checked.
Annual maintenance by a professional and regular upkeep by you will ensure your family can look forward to a warm and toasty winter.