As the warmth of summer fades and winter is about to hit, you must prepare your HVAC to winterize your home. These chilling blows take a toll on your home’s furnace or HVAC system, so maintenance is a must. A furnace inspection before the first arctic freeze will not only ensure optimal energy efficiency but will also prevent breakdowns in the middle of the cold nights.
Preventative HVAC Maintenance
As a homeowner, you probably are not equipped to deal with an HVAC breakdown, but doing preventive maintenance will keep your furnace running all winter long. For your help, here are the items for your furnace maintenance checklist.
Check the Thermostat
The first thing you should do is turn your thermostat over to heating and check if it responds without difficulty. If the thermostat stops working, you won’t be able to enjoy a cozy environment. First, increase the thermostat temperature from the current room temperature with the “heat” label setting. After raising the setting, listen carefully for the furnace to kick in; if the furnace responds – great. If the thermostat does not respond and is programmable, there are some overrides to check (see owner’s manual) or need a new battery. If the problem persists, call a professional HVAC inspection service because a new thermostat may be required.
A dirty filter can cause a furnace to work harder, causing it to overheat and shut down. However, changing filters can do wonders in terms of saving energy and your hard-earned income. With clean filters, the HVAC system can work efficiently and maintain good air quality indoors. It is best to check the filter every month and change it if it’s dirty.
Cracked Heat Exchanger
Another critical component in your HVAC system is the heat exchanger. A heat exchanger is a set of coils that loop through the airflow for heating. The shape of the heat exchanger depends on the model you have. Over time the heat exchanger can get cracked or damaged, and dangerous gases (including carbon monoxide) can leak into your home. With professional HVAC inspection services, they will use several proper diagnostic and remedial measures to let you know if it’s cracked.
Check Air Vent Settings
Air ducts and vents are an essential part of your home’s HVAC system. They are like arteries for the system that, if obstructed, will make your furnace work harder. Before winter arrives, remove any obstructions which can otherwise lead to expensive damage.
Carbon Monoxide Detectors
Having a CO detector and alarm is crucial for your family’s safety and wellbeing. Carbon Monoxide is often referred to as a “silent killer” because you can’t see or smell it. A faulty gas furnace can be a source of carbon monoxide. A detector will notify you of any leakage. If the alarm sounds, get out of the house immediately and call an HVAC professional inspection service to check the chimney for any leakage from fuel-burning heating equipment.
Test the Igniter Switch
While checking your furnace, you need to test the igniter switch. If the furnace won’t turn on, suddenly stops, or the circuit breaker keeps getting tripped, you may have a faulty igniter. As the name suggests, the igniter sparks and lights the burner that opens the gas valve and initiates a combustion process. If you have a problem with the igniter, call for service.
Good Deals Heating and Cooling
If you discover a problem during your maintenance check, call Good Deal Heating and Cooling for service immediately. Don’t put off a furnace inspection until it’s too late and expensive repairs are required or the added expense of emergency service. Call 215-947-1166 today to schedule a service call.