Your Winter Prep, Step by Step
With the final month of summer underway, it isn’t too soon to start thinking about your heating system and ensuring it is ready to function properly when the first leaf falls and the temperature starts to drop. Don’t worry about your DIY skills (or lack thereof), as it won’t take very long to figure out whether or not you need to call your local Oilheat dealer for help.
Follow these steps to check your heating system, and make sure it’s running properly:
1) Turn up the heat — At least 5 degrees higher than the current room temperature. If it’s a clock thermostat, make sure the timer is set correctly or place it in “manual” mode. A working heating system will spring into action in a minute or two, letting you know you’re ready to take on the cold months ahead. If it doesn’t…
2) Check your switches — This includes the emergency switch as well as all on/off switches at the heating unit.
3) Check for any blown fuses or tripped circuit breakers — If necessary, replace any blown fuses or reset your circuit breaker.
4) Check the oil — Check your tank gauge to make sure there’s oil in the tank.
5) Push the “Reset” button ONE TIME ONLY — If none of the above applies, find the reset button, which is usually located next to the burner. Do not press the reset button a second time under any circumstance.
You’re all set! How did you do? If your heating system turned on without a hitch, then you’re home is winter ready. If your system didn’t start, contact your full-service Oilheat dealer and report the heating system outage as soon as possible.