How to Prevent Heating System Failure During Frigid Temperatures From Polar Vortex
This week the weather forecasters are warning of a polar vortex heading down through Canada into the upper Midwest. Temperatures are expected to plunge several degrees below zero, with -20 to -30 degree wind chills.
When you least expect it, your heating system can fail. It won’t take long for your home to become a deep freeze until you can find out why, or get service from an expert.
ABEL recently sent a list of tips to our local Minneapolis television channels. These actions can save homeowners from a serious heating outage at the worst time. The results? We were interviewed by WCCO CBS Channel 4’s Bill Hudson.
What you can do
Here is the complete check list of things you can do to keep your boiler or furnace system in good working order. It’s important to protect your health, family and property.
- Listen to see if your furnace or boiler is making any high-pitched or grinding noises that might indicate upcoming heat failure.
- Check your thermostat batteries. When was the last time they were changed? Dead batteries can shut down your heating system when least expected.
- For your boiler, check the pressure gauge. Most high-efficient boilers are PVC vented and will not operate below 12 psi.
- On a forced air system, check your filters to be sure they are clean. You need to insure good air-flow, especially now when your system runs longer than usual.
- Wind driven snow and ice can coat outside gas regulators and gas meters. Keep them clear or they will not vent properly, and the safety device will lock them out.
- Be sure any drain lines are not blocked by internal debris. Remove household items placed near or on top of hoses and drains.
Try these suggestions now and if you discover, or suspect problems. Trust the experts at ABEL Heating and Cooling to help.
We’ll look for the best solutions to keep your home warm and safe during these harsh weather days.Call ABEL Heating and Cooling Today
952-472-COOL (2665) or Contact Us today.