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Tips for End-of-Season Heating Maintenance

Winter is coming to a close. Soon we will spring forward into warmer weather and switch over from heating to cooling. But before you turn your heater off completely, there are some steps that you can take to ensure that your heater is well taken care of until you need to turn it back on again for heating.

Part of this is scheduling professional heating maintenance in Winnetka. Whenever you need us, our team is here to help. In the meantime, you can keep reading to learn about some of the steps that you can complete as a homeowner at the end of the winter season.

Indoor Heater Maintenance Steps

First, there are a few steps you need to complete inside. The first is changing out the air filter. You might think that this is a step you can skip since you’ll be turning your furnace off for the spring and summer. However, putting a clean air filter in place is a good practice. 

It ensures that a dirty and dusty filter does not sit for long months and allow more buildup to get into the system. Plus, it gives you a fresh start for when you need to turn your heater on again. You won’t have to worry about buying a new filter because you’ll already have one in place.

Next, you need to turn your heater off completely and allow it to cool down. Then open the cabinet to the indoor portion of the unit and wipe down everything you can reach, including around the heating elements or burners. Dust and dirt can have a major impact on how well your heater is able to operate. Reducing dust as much as possible will go a long way toward extending your heater’s lifespan and ensuring operational efficiency.

Outdoor Heater Maintenance Steps 

Next, you need to check the outdoor exhaust vent. Ensure that there is at least 3-4 feet of space around the entire vent so that air has enough room to exit your home without getting blocked in. Then check for any signs of damage or blockages to the exhaust fan. 

Having exhaust air trapped inside, can lower your indoor air quality and lead to your heater overheating. If there’s a problem now, you can schedule service and get it addressed before needing your heater again later in the year. It’s always better to address problems sooner rather than putting them off and potentially forgetting about them.

Prioritizing Professional Care

We also encourage you to schedule professional maintenance with our team of expert technicians. You really need to schedule heater maintenance once each year – every year. Completing the service at the end of the winter season is a great way to ensure your heater is at its best for when the fall rolls around again and temperatures begin to drop. As we already mentioned above, you can address any problems now and rest easy all spring and summer long, knowing that your heater is in the best possible condition

Shavitz Heating and Air Conditioning is your trusted resource for Chicagoland area home services. Contact us today to schedule an appointment for furnace replacement!

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