How to ensure your heater is safe for the season
With temperatures expected to dip down into the 30's over the weekend more than likely you're switching your thermostat from AC to heat. But there are a few things you should know before you turn that dial.Photo: Video by ktnv.com
Las Vegas, NV (KTNV) - With temperatures expected to dip down into the 30's over the weekend more than likely you're switching your thermostat from AC to heat. But there are a few things you should know before you turn that dial.
"People tend to forget about it because it's out of sight out of mind, until they turn it on for the first time and sometimes they work and sometimes they don't," said Mike Hope, Owner of M & K Heating and Cooling.
If you're heating system isn't working properly it can cause a number of issues. From higher power bills, to fires, or carbon monoxide poisoning.
"There's just so many things that can go wrong especially with a gas heating system," said Hope. "Cracked heating exchangers, over fired burners, blocked system where the temp rises too high."
So experts say to get the ball rolling before it's too late.
"They should be checked the first of Fall before it starts getting cold enough to use the systems," he said.
And that time is now. But while you're waiting for a tech to show check your filter. A clean filter is important for air circulation and the most common problem.
Even if there doesn't seem to be anything wrong, it's better to be safe than sorry. "It'll help you sleep better at night," said Hope.
Heating system maintenance will run you around $100 for a thorough inspection.