Winter is almost over, which means it will be time to turn off the heat before we know it because spring will soon be here. But in actuality, it’s not as simple as that. Turning off your heating system can be quite tricky, especially if you have an older unit. If you do it wrong, you can compromise the system, which could necessitate a furnace replacement.
In this post, we’ll share the steps you should take to properly shut down your furnace once spring arrives.
Cut the Gas Supply
Old furnace units use natural gas to run, so you’ll need to turn off the pilot light and shut down the gas supply. Even if you’re not running the furnace, some units keep a little bit of gas flowing to keep the pilot light on in anticipation of the next heating cycle. This extra energy goes to waste every year if the gas valve isn’t turned off at the end of winter. NOTE: Make a reminder to turn it back on when you’re ready to use heat again.
Disable the Circuit
Electric appliances continue to use power even when they’re turned off, something you can remedy by pulling the plug. At the end of winter, don’t just turn off the heating system. Rather, the best HVAC companies recommend shutting off the circuit entirely. Just make sure you won’t be needing that socket during the spring and summer seasons.
Your furnace has served you well, and now it’s time to return the favor by cleaning the system and surrounding area. You can start by replacing old filters and cleaning the air vents. If you want to extend the life of your precious heating system, you should perform a regular checkup, maintenance and repairs, especially after a long winter season.
Let’s Make Your Home Comfy!
Every home needs a dependable water heating system to take care of various activities such as cooking, household chores, bathing and showering. This means you’ll need a reliable heating and air conditioning contractor to keep your water heater up and running.
This is where Tyler Heating, Air Conditioning, Refrigeration LLC comes in. We’re an HVAC company that specializes in a wide range of heating and cooling services, including heat pump repair and maintenance. Call us at (203) 378-4700 or fill out our contact form to set up a consultation.