It’s likely that the furnace or boiler in your Central Maine home has worked well for you over the years. Still, as time passes, you’re likely to see some new issues. Here’s a look at some of the most common winter heating problems, and what you can do.
If your heat isn’t working, there are a number of possible, easy-to-defeat culprits. Try these do-it-yourself solutions before you call for service.
If your boiler or furnace is shutting off and going back on more often these days, you could have a dirty air filter or a faulty thermostat. Check your air filter and change it if needed, and then check your thermostat. If the problem persists, contact us.
Dry air can be damaging to woodwork, furniture, flooring and electronics. It can also be problematic for anyone with a respiratory condition. Adding a whole-house humidifier to your home’s heating system can alleviate this issue fairly immediately.
If you have certain spots in your home that just don’t stay warm (or even get warm in the first place), there are a few easy do-it-yourself solutions that could do the trick.
It is critical that you have CO detectors on every floor of your home, including the basement. There should be one outside all bedrooms. If you are not comfortable installing detectors yourself, contact a local electrician to ensure the job gets done safely. It’s also important that you test your CO detectors regularly. Replace the detectors every five years, and replace the batteries every six months.
In the event that a CO detector in your home goes off, get everyone in your home, including pets, out of the house IMMEDIATELY and contact 911.
If you have not scheduled your annual tune-up yet, there’s no time like the present. Let us know so we can come out as soon as possible. Contact us with any other questions and to learn more about our heating oil and propane service plans.