Sometimes the popular mantra “If it ain’t broke, don’t fix it” rings true. Other times, not so much, such as in the HVAC industry.
Regular maintenance is a big key to keeping your home comfort system performing effectively and efficiently day-in and day-out. Even if you are certain your heating and cooling systems are running just fine,do not neglect regular maintenance. Many HVAC problems can be detected and eliminated before they become major, expensive breakdowns and repairs. Consistent maintenance is especially important as we approach the change of the seasons, when your heating system requires some TLC.
While your air conditioning system has answered the call during the hot, steamy summer, the majority of the hot weather is in our rearview mirror. It is time to get your furnace and heating system ready for fall and winter. For starters, you need to inspect, clean, or change air filters once a month. This is easy to do and can prevent a dirty filter from increasing energy costs—leading to system breakdown and shortened life expectancy. A visual inspection of your heating system can sometimes reveal noticeable wear and tear or external damage to your furnace.
After your personal inspection, it’s time to call a licensed HVAC service professional to conduct fall maintenance. A furnace tune-up should include:
- Testing of all gas or oil connections and valves, as well as gas pressure, burner combustion and the heat exchanger. Faulty or improper gas/oil connections are obvious fire hazards and can also lead to possible CO issues. Dirty burners or damaged exchangers will cause your furnace to operate less safely and efficiently.
- Check flue, thermocouple, pilot assembly and blower motor to make sure all are working correctly..
- Check thermostat settings to ensure your system keeps you comfortable and saves you money by only running when you want it to.
- Inspect and tighten all electrical wiring connections as faulty electrical connections can cause system damage and create unsafe operating conditions.
Be ready for the upcoming cooler weather, keep your HVAC system happy and call The General today for a complete fall inspection and tune-up.