The first cold day of the season has arrived. You go to turn on your heater, only to find out it doesn’t heat up your home! It’s always a good idea to invest in HVAC/heating maintenance as the winter months approach. Here’s all you need to know to help you keep your heating/HVAC system operational and working when you need it most!
What is HVAC/Heating Maintenance?
HVAC/heating maintenance is important to extend the life of your heating system and to make the most of it. After all, it’s one of the largest systems in your home and is responsible for maintaining comfortable temperatures and good air quality. Like any other asset, it requires scheduled maintenance services to keep the system clear and able to perform around the clock.
Annual Maintenance Inspections
Each year before the colder temperatures start to set in, you want to have your entire system inspected. There are several parts to your HVAC and furnace that need to be inspected or possibly serviced before the winter approaches. These include:
- Pressure switches
HVAC technicians look for corrosion on these parts and make sure that they are working efficiently. If some features appear loose, missing, or are simply not working as they should, an HVAC technician is able to repair or replace the affected areas so that your system can keep your home warm during the cold months.
Even if the system is operating correctly, you want to check the thermostat. You’ll want to make sure that the temperature that shows up on the thermostat matches the temperature in the area. If you find differences in the temperatures, a more in-depth service and inspection may be required.
Furnace Maintenance Inspections
For homes with furnaces, an annual test on your boiler should be done to ensure it is in working order. The furnace usually needs to be cleaned before the technician runs their tests. Once it’s cleaned, the filter on the furnace is often replaced and the annual test can be performed.
HVAC Heating and Furnace Problems
There are several problems that your system can encounter if you are not properly maintaining it, such as:
- Debris Buildup
- Clogged Condensate Drains
Drips are usually the first sign that something’s not operating correctly and will need to be serviced before temperatures drop below freezing. Having fluid dripping in the winter months could cause ice in these areas, which can turn into a much more significant problem.
During the fall, leaves and other debris can gather in the heating system. With debris in the way of the system, the damage can be costly and you may have to deal with chilly temperatures if it shuts down and is not able to supply heat to your home.
Your heating system’s condensate drain is meant to capture water that should be filtering through the system. You want to make sure that this water level is low and there are no clogs. If this drain starts to clog, then water can back up into the heating system and cause further damage that could be costly such as mold and mildew. Your air quality can also be affected due to the excessive humidity in the air!
Stay Ahead of Your HVAC/Heating Maintenance Today
Annual maintenance helps ensure that your heating system is operating efficiently before the weather turns cold. It can also help you save on costs over time. If you’re ready for your winter maintenance, contact us today!