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How Likely is a Heating Outage this Winter?

Nothing is more relaxing than staying warm and cozy in your home when the weather outside goes from chilly to unbearable. However, a heating outage can quickly put an end to that comfortable environment and leave your home stuck in the cold, but is an outage inevitable? We’re here to show you how to prevent possible heating system outages and what you can do if you find yourself with a heater that kicks the bucket in the middle of winter.

Preventing An Outage

Heating system failures are not uncommon, but they do not have to be inevitable for your home this winter if you take some steps ahead of time to care for your heating system. Make sure that you take time to perform regular maintenance on your heating system. We offer year-round maintenance to help ensure that your heating system is up to tackle the colder season.

Take the time to also care for your heating system by wiping down vents to remove dust. Remember to move any obstructions in front of your ducts. If you see a closed vent make sure to open the vent as closed vents can cause pressure build-up that can strain your heating system.

Lastly, take the time to clean or replace your air filters! Believe it or not, dirty air filters can put much strain on your heating system, which over time can lead to malfunctions that could potentially leave you without heat.

Seal Up Cracks

Not only can regular maintenance of your heating system help you stay warm, but you can also take some extra steps to weatherproof your home for those chillier months. Make sure to go around your home to seal up any cracks around your windows and doors with caulk or weatherstripping. Proper insulation can not only help put less strain on your heating system, but it can help in a pinch if you suddenly face a power outage.

Likelihood Of Heating System Shut Off

By taking preventative steps, you significantly reduce the chances of your heating system shutting off entirely during the colder months. Unless there is a power outage or some other event that can interrupt power to your heating system, with proper care, your heating system should not face any shut-offs.

Usually, heating systems can cycle on and off sporadically due to faulty components that were neglected due to a lack of proper maintenance. Getting maintenance ahead of time can identify damaged parts such as a defective thermostat before freezing in your home.

Always Stay Prepared

Make sure to take the time to listen to your heating system as it can give you clues if you need a repair. Loud rattling sounds coming from your furnace or even higher than usual heating bills are a sign that you may have an issue with your heating system. Make sure also to replace your carbon monoxide detector’s batteries as carbon monoxide leaks are also a sign that your furnace needs repairs.

Sometimes life can throw you a curveball, and even with preventative care, you may have your heating system shut off all of a sudden due to a power outage or some other unforeseen event. Luckily we are here to help in any heating emergency you may face. That’s why at Haisma Heating & Cooling we are here to help you stay warm this winter. Give us a call at (616) 319-2121, and we can help make sure your heating system is ready for the winter. 


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