Heating and Furnace Service and Repair
Winters come and go every year. Depending on who you ask, they may either be described as snowy dream that everyone would love to embrace and see again or a cold nightmare to forget. The reason behind this is fairly simple; while many of us love to come outside, indulge in the soft snow and treat the remarkable change in climate as a gift of nature to mankind, few of us would want to return home for rest only to find that the heating system is not functional and face the harsher side of winter.
The furnace is probably the most popular heating system in America. If centralized it is usually connected to all rooms and thus has many ducts, all of which are connected to the blower fan motor. The furnace works by sucking air from the return ducts. This air makes its way to the heat exchanger, which is usually a metal coil inside the furnace that produces all the heat. Once the air is ‘made hot', it then goes through the blower fan motor which sucks in “cold air” and blows out “hot air” and the air is then redistributed throughout the building or room. There are a number of things that can obstruct this process and it can be dangerous if you don't take heed of them.
Boilers on the other hand work similarly to furnaces but use water instead of air to distribute heat. Also, instead of ducts, boilers use pumps and pipes to move the water. The water then passes through radiators and provide heating to the desired area. Maintenance for boilers however have to be done more frequently than for furnaces. There are also other heating systems such as fireplaces and portable electrical heaters.
The important parts of a furnace would be the heat exchanger and the blower fan motor. The vents and air filter also play an important role. Ducts have to be kept clear. If airflow is obstructed and an insufficient amount of it reaches the heat exchanger then it may overheat and crack, releasing deadly carbon monoxide into the building. There are many reasons behind this happening such as blocked ducts, a clogged air filter, or a broken blower fan motor. Should the heat exchanger crack, you should turn off the furnace immediately and call a professional to repair it.
Boilers themselves have many components that have to be checked often. The water inside a boiler has to be changed from time to time. The gauges and thermostats also have to be readjusted. Faulty valves can cause the boiler pressure to be too high or too low, leading to high consumption of energy and heat loss. The boiler's thermostats also tend to malfunction over time. Pumps may also fail and cause the radiators to not provide heat. If the boiler leaks, then it could be due to possibility of numerous problems and should be professionally inspected.
Thus, you can imagine why it's ever-so important to have frequent service of your heating system to ensure its condition is always operational. There will be periods when things go wrong if you do not give them proper maintenance. The reasons behind their malfunction can vary. Some of these reasons can even be fatally dangerous, so it is not advised to repair the heating system yourself. Instead, you should contact a professional.
You can prevent all of this hassle by having your heating system regularly serviced, at least once or twice a year. This way, you won't have to repair which would be much more expensive than if you had simply prevented them from breaking in the first place. Not only is it cheaper, but it is easier, safer, and more likely to result in you experiencing only the good side of winter.