Maintaining your heating appliances will help keep you safe, and will save you money!

Whether they heat air or water; space heaters, furnaces, and boilers are at the heart of your home, yet most of us forget about our heating appliances until they start causing us trouble. Keeping your appliances in top shape can reap many benefits.

A well-maintained system can keep you from having full-blown problems by correcting them when they are only minor faults. Annual service, cleaning or a tune-up will increase the chance that these faults are identified early and addressed before they become a problem. Waiting until a problem occurs can cause you to need expensive repairs or (gulp!) even a new appliance. A clean, maintained appliance runs more efficiently; and this will go a long way towards reducing your heating bill.

But, aside from the money issues, keeping your appliances in good working order can also help to keep you and your family safe. Everything that burns has the potential of producing carbon monoxide. This is also true of a heating appliance that isn’t properly installed, maintained, or properly vented. During a cleaning, the service technician cleans your appliance, checks for a safe installation, and verifies the burner and other components are operating as designed, among other things.

Unfortunately, carbon monoxide cannot be seen or smelled and can be deadly! Signs of carbon monoxide poisoning are hard to spot and can be confused with tiredness or flu-like symptoms. Symptoms include headaches, dizziness, nausea, shortness of breath and fatigue. So prevention is the best way to avoid this silent killer.

CO DETECTORS CAN IMPROVE YOUR SAFETY! We recommend that you consider installing a CO detector listed by UL on each level of your home. Be sure to follow the manufacturer’s instructions regarding installation and maintenance.

There are things you can do and look for yourself that can alert you to problems with your heating appliances.

Keep the area around any appliance clear; don’t ever cover your appliances or block the air vents; make sure the outside flues aren’t blocked.

Stains or soot appearing on or near the appliance, unusual noises coming from the unit, the pilot light goes out repeatedly, increased condensation inside the windows, an irregular or yellow flame, are all warnings that can be easily detected. A call to Eastern, or another qualified service provider, as soon as symptoms are spotted can help avoid bigger problems later.

An annual cleaning is the key to a long and happy life for your heating appliances, but be aware and alert to signs of improper operation, and don’t wait for the annual cleaning if you suspect trouble.

Visit our Safety Tips for additional information.