Taking Care Of Your Heater Now, Could Save You Later

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Temperatures dropped into the 50s the first weekend of October. Andra Drake, who lives in Lowell, turned on her heater for the first time Saturday (Oct 5).

"I got cold so I turned it on, got a blanket and warmed up," Drake said.

She's lived in her Benton County for 9 years. Drake said taking care of her unit saves her big money in the long run.

"As a teacher I can't afford big ticket items and so maintenance is very important," Drake said.

Randy Burden, service manager for Bud Anderson's Heating and Cooling, said people call them when their heater isn't working.

"Most people who have lived in their houses know how their equipment operates," Burden said. "They should listen for any funny noises."

Burden said professionals recommends annual inspections.

"Most people who have lived in their houses know how their equipment operates they should listen for any funny noises," Burden said.

Burden said to pay attention to any strange smells.

"The worst the smell is and the most persistent it is it probably means it's time to have your furnace cleaned or looked at least," Burden said.

Burden blames 90 percent of equipment failure is lack of maintenance. He said it's really important to inspect older units.

"There are little things that can end up costing somebody a lot of money that are relatively easy to catch before it breaks down," Burden said.

As for Drake, she said she changes her air filter every two to three months.

"As soon as it gets dirty change your air filter, that's probably why I haven't had a whole lot of problems is because that's one of my rituals," Drake said.

According to the Federal Emergency Agency (FEMA), heating was the second leading cause of all residential building fires following cooking.