In many parts of the country, fall is the time when heating systems start to turn on, and homeowners schedule the maintenance necessary to see that the heaters will work through the coming cold weather. However, in Los Angeles and most of Southern California, the fall is only marginally cooler than the summer, and our heating systems still won’t have much work to do. But that doesn’t mean you can’t make some modest preparations and checks to see if your heater needs any serious repairs done before December.
Some heating system checks you can do
- Check the air filter and change/clean it: Your heating system probably uses the same air filter that your air conditioner does, and it’s important that it is kept clean when either system is in operation. Slide out the filter from its slot on the AC/heater cabinet and see if it has heavy clogging. If it does, either clean it (if it’s a permanent filter) or change it for a clean one (if it’s a temporary filter).
- Check air flow from the vents: Turn on the heating system and then go to each room vent. Make sure none of the vents are blocked with moved furniture, then feel how strong the air flow coming from each vents is. If it feels sluggish, the heater or the ventilation system may have problems that need to be addressed.
- Pay attention to odd noises from the system: When you have the heating system running, listen carefully to the sounds it makes. If you detect anything that doesn’t sound normal (i.e. anything you aren’t used to hearing) call on a technician to look into it.
- Also pay attention to unusual odors from the vents: One of the first signs that there are parts of the heater that are wearing down is an acrid odor in the air from the vents. This could also indicate air leaks in the ductwork. Call for repairs right away.
Of course, if the heating system doesn’t come on at all when you activate it, aren’t you glad you found out about it now?
JW Heating and Air offers heating repair services in Walnut, CA. You can always count on us for professionalism and cleanliness.