Raise your hand if when you turned off the heat last month you were amazed your system lasted through winter because you’re pretty sure it’d been circling the drain since Thanksgiving.
Greg and Brandon Sheck from G&C Plumbing and Heating know you don’t want to talk about heat after the winter we just survived, but now is actually the best time of the year to make some critical decisions about your heating system. “Because you don’t need it right now,” said Grand Master Plumber Greg Sheck. So, whether you’re certain of your system’s impending death or just curious, Greg and Brandon want you to do them a favor…
Go over to your heating system, right now, and run a quick test to make sure it’s in proper working order. “Don’t worry, running a test on your heater isn’t technically the same as turning it on,” said Greg for those still suffering from the psychological effects of March.
Move the thermostat switch to the “heat/on” position and turn it up at least 10 degrees higher than the actual room temperature.
Listen carefully. Within a few minutes, you should hear your heating equipment jump into action.
If the equipment doesn’t start up, press the reset button on your burner’s relay. Press it just once.
If your system still doesn’t start, consider these points:
Are the emergency switches on? (There may be two: one at the stairs and one at the unit)
Did the fuse or circuit breaker for your equipment trip?
If the system kicks on, good! But, Greg wants you to consider a few things while it’s humming:
How many times in the past three years have you had the system serviced? Check out your service history to review the dollars spent. “If the numbers are creeping up there, you might want to invest in a new high-efficiency system instead of return-repair visits,” said Greg.
Are there any abnormal smells or funky noises? A bump or two from the basement is to be expected, but “if you hear excessive humming, clunking, banging, or smell strange odors, that’s not good and even if you don’t replace the system, it certainly needs a check-up.”
Is the air dry or dusty? Noticeable amounts of dust or drastic changes in air humidity can be symptoms of a declining heating system.
“We don’t want folks to sit back, enjoy their spring and summer and then find themselves in October with a faulty system,” said Brandon Sheck. “That is actually the worst time to make critical decisions about your heating system because that’s when you need it.”
G&C is pleased to offer financing options for pro-active customers this spring. “We have a 12-month financing option with 0 percent interest if you pay it off in said months, or longer terms like 60 to 84-month options for about six to nine percent interest,” said Brandon who is glad this gives customers peace of mind about coming up with money upfront for something they don’t even want to talk about when the weather is nice.
If you’re suspicious that your heater may have made its last stand over the winter, call the guys at G&C Pluming and Heating to get some honest advice and suggestions about what you should do right now. In addition to financing options, Greg can tell you about some helpful MASS Save rebates that will also help.
We’ll tell you all the details next time!