Having your climate control systems routinely maintained is important for efficiency, longevity, and your overall home comfort during the winter. True, we may not have as bone-chillingly cold winters as other areas of the country, but they still pack quite the punch in comparison to our summers. And so, we need high-quality heating systems in place. This is only possible with maintenance.
Before we go any further with this blog post, we really want to stress the importance of professional maintenance. Maintenance tasks aren’t something that any homeowner can do. We have the training and expertise necessary, as well as the proper licensing to get it done. But what actually happens during a routine heating maintenance appointment? Read on to find out!
Tailored Service for Your System
Not every heating maintenance appointment is going to look exactly alike because not every home looks alike. Take, for instance, if you have a furnace versus a heat pump system—there are some components that aren’t shared between the two, and therefore require different maintenance needs.
But there are some basic steps we can go over with you to give you an idea of why maintenance is so necessary, no matter what type of heater you have!
- Safety Check: This is especially important if you have a gas-powered heater. Our team will thoroughly check your system to see if there is any damage that could lead to potentially harmful gas leaks. When it comes to an electric heater, we’ll look for things like frayed wiring or bent wires during the safety check.
- Cleaning: We clean the system inside and out to make sure it operates as efficiently as possible, and to make sure that it doesn’t negatively impact your indoor air quality. During this step, we’ll make sure your HVAC air filter isn’t too clogged, and we’ll replace it if so. Of course, checking and changing your air filter is something you should be doing on a regular basis as is.
We will inspect your system inside and out, making sure there are no pending repair needs that should be taken care of. Alerting you to repair needs now means you can have them managed right away instead of waiting for them to become much larger, emergency repair needs. Other things we’ll do during heating maintenance include:
- Checking and testing the combustion chamber and heat exchanger.
- Cleaning the burner compartment/firebox.
- Checking the pilot safety timing or flame sense of your furnace.
- Inspecting the burner flame to ensure proper mix of air and fuel.
- Ensuring that the chimney flues are venting properly.
- Checking all motors and belts.
- Lubricating all the moving parts.
All of these steps amount to:
- Improved energy efficiency
- Better system longevity
- Repair prevention
Remember, it’s always better to schedule your heating maintenance now, when winter has already begun, than to wait until next year because you accidentally skipped fall maintenance. It may not be the “ideal” time of year but having the system professionally inspected any time of the year is better than not at all.