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What You Should Know About Your Heater

If you haven’t taken the time to start considering your heater’s performance in the months to come, we’d suggest taking a moment to do so now. Think back to last season: how well did it heat your home, how high were your energy bills, did it make odd sounds? Asking questions like these can help you figure out if there could be trouble on the horizon once you turn your heater on.

No matter what type of heater you have in your home, the more you know and understand about it, the better you’ll be able to use it. What’s more, that knowledge will help you feel more confident about knowing when to call a technician for maintenance, repairs, and more.

Our team wants to help make sure you are prepared. Here are some important things that just about everyone should know about their heating system in Columbus.

If you have a heat pump…

Heat pump systems operate by transferring heat into your home in the the fall, winter, and spring. These are highly helpful systems that offer great efficiency as long as you remember these facts:

  • It needs maintenance in the fall too: Heat pumps operate year-round, allowing them to both heat and cool your home. If you already got maintenance for this system once in the spring, you actually do need to also schedule a tune-up for the system in the fall. This helps to prepare it for the heating season.
  • The biggest issue this system can have when switching modes is a stuck reversing valve: There’s more than one issue that a heat pump can have but the biggest issue that can occur during the fall is the reversing valve becoming stuck. If this occurs, your heat pump can’t switch into heating mode.

If you have a gas or all-electric furnace…

Furnaces can either burn gas to create heat or may use electrical resistance to warm up your home. Whichever type of furnace you have, make sure that you remember:

  • Maintenance is a must for effectiveness, efficiency, and safety: Whichever type of furnace heater you have, you absolutely need to get it maintained each year. This is going to help it operate both effectively and efficiently, along with keeping it running safely too. In fact, skipping maintenance can create a big enough safety hazard to void your furnace’s warranty.
  • Know how to respond to a gas leak in case of emergency: If you specifically have a natural gas furnace, it is important to understand how to react in case of a gas leak emergency. If you smell gas, you should always turn your furnace off and evacuate the home before calling the gas company to inspect your connection. Once things are safe, you should schedule furnace repairs to avoid further problems.

No matter what type of heater you have, one thing that you should always remember is that only a professional contractor should be allowed to service your system.

The service guys in the purple trucks are here to help with your heating system service needs. Contact Paramount Heating & Air to schedule your next appointment.

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