Cold Weather Is On Its Way: 2 Ways To Prevent Heater Break-Downs

Winter is just around the corner and with it comes the cold weather. Before it gets too cold, you want to make sure your heater is working properly. If your heater has not been properly maintained, it could break down during the cold weather. Unfortunately, furnace repair technicians tend to get booked quickly during the winter. If that happens, you might have to wait a while before you can get your heater repaired.

One way to prevent winter breakdowns is to inspect and service your heater before you turn it on the first time. Here are some easy-to-follow instructions that will help you avoid those cold-weather break-downs.

Clean the Burners

Dirt and dust can build up around the burners in your heating unit. That build-up can cause malfunctions and can reduce the air flow through your home. Here's a quick way to clean the burners on your heater.

Supplies You'll Need

  • Vacuum
  • Hose extension
  • Dust mask
  • Clean paint brush


  1. Put the dust mask on to keep dirt out of your nose and lungs.
  2. Carefully remove the front panel from your heating unit.
  3. Place the hose extension on your vacuum.
  4. Turn your vacuum on and clean the front on the furnace.
  5. Place the hose extension on the end of your vacuum nozzle.
  6. Use the hose extension to remove the dust from behind the furnace.
  7. Use your paint brush to brush away the dust that's hiding in the grooves near the fan blades.

Inspect the Fan Belts

Your heating unit contains several different fan belts. Over time, the belts can wear out, get weak and break. While you have the front panel off the heater for cleaning, take a few minutes to inspect each of the heater belts. Look for cracks, breaks and areas along the edges that might be fraying. You'll also need to check the tension on each belt. Place your index finger on each belt and press down firmly. Belts with proper tension should not move down more than the width of your finger. If the belts show signs of damage, or have decreased tension, you'll need to replace them as soon as possible.

You depend on your heater during the winter months. Unexpected break-downs can leave you in the cold until the heating repair technician can get out to your house. Before the cold weather sets in, use these simple instructions to help avoid emergency heater repairs. However, if you don't feel comfortable inspecting your own heater, don't hesitate to contact a professional such as Streamline Services, Inc.