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Test Your Heating System In Three Simple Steps

- 9:34 am - July 27th, 2015

Even though we’re in the middle of another hot and humid New York summer, the cold weather will be here before you know it! You don’t want to be in the unenviable position of starting up your heating system for winter’s first chill only to find a problem. You can avoid this sticky situation by making sure your heating system is running up to full capacity now with enough time before the heating season to resolve any issue if necessary.

Checking your heating system is quick and easy. Just follow these simple steps:

  1. 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 minutes to hear your heating equipment hum into action.
  3. If the 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 steps, take these points into consideration before calling your local heating oil dealer:

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

If your boiler or furnace still won't start, contact your local heating oil dealer, and they’ll help you get your system working the way it should right away, well before the cold weather arrives. Remember: to achieve optimum efficiency, you should have an annual tune-up performed before heating season begins.