Fall HVAC Maintenance. What Needs to Be Checked?
Although Sylacauga, AL, winters are balmy compared to those of our neighbors to the north, Alabama still gets its fair share of the chills between November and March. However, when you tune up your furnace or heat pump every fall, your home will be toasty warm, and your heating equipment warranties will remain in effect. Here’s what to expect during a professional HVAC maintenance visit:
One of the biggest advantages of heating maintenance is prevention. Just a small adjustment can head off a costly repair. There’s nothing worse than coming home on a cold day to discover that your heating system is been blowing cold air or isn’t working at all. Your heating technician will inspect your system for potential problems that can be corrected now to stave off emergencies later.
With thermostats, what you see should be what you get. If your thermostat no longer works like it should, consider replacing it with a programmable thermostat. It can cut your energy costs by up to 20 percent.
Lubrication, Controls And Connections Check
Your technician will lubricate all moving parts, check the heater controls to ensure proper operation and tighten all electrical, gas and oil connections. Lubrication increases heating efficiency and reduces wear and tear. Tight connections help to keep the system safe. Controls that are functioning effectively will help you to get the most from your system.
Air Filter Replacement
This is something you should do between tune-ups. During maintenance, your technician will replace the filter for you. The easiest way to kill your heating system is with a dirty, clogged filter.
Examine Exhaust Outlets For Leaks
Carbon monoxide leaks are invisible, but they can be deadly.
Check Fuel Lines, Burners And Heat Exchangers
Leaks or cracks in exchangers and fuel lines waste energy and create safety hazards.
Clean The Unit
Accumulated dirt, grime, and soot can affect heater performance, efficiency and cause mechanical problems over time.