10 Heater Repair Tips

Posted on: June 22nd, 2012 by Jean
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It is common for homeowners to require heater repair in the middle of winter. This is because the heater has remained unused all summer long. So, the moment it is turned on to stave off the cold, it cannot do the work because the parts are just not in the right condition. On the other hand, the long time that it has not been used could mean the parts may have become worn out or calcified. And so, here are 10 tips for you in order to keep yourself from having to call in a plumbing service company to fix your broken heater.

No. 1: Before the cold weather comes, you have to test your heater or your HVAC system. This is a practical and wise practice. When you know the condition of your heater, you will be spared from the inconvenience and danger of freezing inside your home when you wind up with a broken heater in the coldest winter. Plus, you have more time to do the repair on your own or to call a company to fix the problem.  

No. 2: Do the simplest thing – find out whether the heater is plugged in to a power source before calling for help. If it is, see if the heater is actually switched on. You might be surprised at the number of people who make this obvious mistake.

No. 3: If your home has central heating, it would be wise to get a yearly service contract. Yes, you will have to pay a bit more but with the help of a professional company, you can be assured of getting replacement parts when you need them.

No. 4: Still on the matter of central heating, if you live in an area with hard water, you really need to get a water softener. Yes, you also need to pay a bit more but with a water softener you won’t have deal with calcified boilers that cannot service their purpose.

No. 5: You can do a quick fix. Using the user manual that came with your heating system or heater, you can follow the tips for troubleshooting certain problems. If luck is still on your side, you may be able to repair the problem on your own.

No. 6: Before you dial the number of your local plumber or HVAC contractor, make sure to check the warranty of your heater. If you are lucky, you may still be up for a free repair.

No. 7: If your warranty has run out, you need to find a reliable repair shop instead of calling someone from the manufacturer. You can expect to pay a lot less this way.

No. 8: Before hiring a shop, it is wise to do a bit of research in order to find the shop with the lowest but most reasonable price.

No. 9: It is also recommended that you ask family and friends if they know of a top-rate plumbing or HVAC service provider. You can find a good company this way.

No. 10: You also need to consider the state of your heater. Will you benefit from having an old unit replaced or will you do better if you buy a new unit. It’s your decision.

These 10 tips are helpful in keeping you from suffering from too much cold at the height of winter.




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