“If it ain’t broke, don’t fix it” may be words to live by for some folks, but not when it comes to the HVAC industry.
Heating and cooling professionals know that preventing a breakdown is a better scenario than responding to a home comfort emergency. A big part of the prevention process is implementing a regular maintenance schedule, which is crucial to keep your home comfort system in peak operating condition. Even though you believe your heating and cooling systems are operating perfectly, they still require some regular maintenance. Many HVAC problems can be resolved – or even prevented – before they become major, expensive problems. Preventative maintenance is especially important with the change of the seasons, when your heating system requires special attention.
Your air conditioning system has worked 24/7 the past several months to keep you comfortable during the hot, steamy summer. Now that summer is waning and fall approaches it is your heating system’s turn to answer the call. There are a few things you can do yourself to get your system ready, such as inspect, clean, or change air filters. A dirty filter can increase energy costs and damage your furnace, leading to system breakdown and even replacement. You can also visually inspect your system for any signs of wear and tear or external damage.
After the do-it-yourself tasks are complete, it is time to call an HVAC service professional to perform fall maintenance. A tune-up of your furnace and heating system should include:
- Check and tighten all gas valves and connections. Loose or worn connections can lead to leaks or improper fuel distribution and are a fire risk.
- Check and monitor gas pressure, burner combustion and condition of heat exchanger. A dirty or out of position burner or a faulty or damaged heat exchanger means improper burner operation and decreases efficiency and safety.
- Check and test thermostat settings. Is your system running when you want and at the programmed setting?
- Inspect the electrical system. Voltage and current readings on your furnace motor should be checked. Tightening or rewiring connections will prevent system damage and unsafe operating conditions.
- Lubricate moving parts. Mechanical parts need oiling to eliminate friction in motors and extending the lifespan of your furnace.
- Check flue, thermocouple, pilot assembly and blower motor to make sure all are in good shape.
- Show time. Take the furnace on a test run to check all work.
Stay ahead of the seasons, keep your HVAC system happy and call us today for a complete fall inspection and tune-up.