QUINCY (WGEM) — Have you tried turning on your heater yet?
Experts said you should test it out to see if it is working properly and have your furnace checked.
Aire Serv Heating and Air Conditioning owner David Arns said cracks in furnaces are dangerous and it can lead to carbon monoxide poisoning, which can be deadly.
For homeowners he suggest keeping pipes clear in and outside of the home from things including leaves, snow and even spider webs, so they do not cause your furnace to shut down.
He also recommends changing air filters.
“We do go out on a fair share of calls when we get there the home owner didn’t even know they had a filter so that’s another reason for having someone out annually, is to make sure that it’s checked and changed and actually show you how to check and change that in your system,” Arns said.
Waiting to test out your heating system during the peak cold season, could cause homeowners to be on a wait list for repairs due limited staff from the skilled worker shortage, according to Arns.
The average repair to a furnace could cost at least $300 and although over time a furnace may need to be replaced, maintenance is key to helping it last, Arns added.
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