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Testing, Testing, 1-2-3

- 1:04 pm - October 6th, 2015


Keeping your home and your family warm through a cold and unforgiving New York winter isn’t a small-time gig – it’s a major season-long tour, and the show must go on without a hitch. If your heating system’s not up to the task, you could be facing a tough crowd come the holidays, when your houseguests are treated to the not-so-wonderful surprise of a sudden heating system failure.

That’s why it’s important to take the time beforehand to test your heating system and make sure it’s ready to take the stage. We’ll show you how:

  1. First, check that the emergency switch is in the “on” position and turn up the thermostat at least 10 degrees higher than the actual room temperature.
  2. Wait a few moments to hear your heating equipment hum into action. 
  3. If your equipment doesn't start up, press the reset button on your burner's relay just once.

If your system still doesn't start after these three steps, check on these three aspects of your system before calling your local Bioheat® fuel dealer:

  1. Are the emergency switches on? (There may be two, one near the stairs and one at the boiler.)
  2. Did your equipment’s fuse or circuit breaker trip?
  3. Is your thermostat set properly?

If your boiler or furnace still won't start, contact your local Bioheat® fuel provider, and they’ll help you get your system working the way it should before the lights go down and the cold weather arrives. Remember: the best way to achieve optimum efficiency from your heating system is to have an annual tune-up performed before heating season begins. Just as the best of performers have technicians intonating their instruments and setting their levels, the best of heating systems can always benefit from a technician’s tune-up.

Search NYOHA’s extensive membership listing to find a Bioheat® fuel provider near you.