There’s nothing worse than hitting the first cold-spell of the year, going to turn on your heater, and finding that it’s not working, or is barely working. The heater is a crucial part of getting through winter, so it’s important to make sure it’s working properly, efficiently, and safely — before it breaks in the middle of a freeze and you have to schedule an expensive emergency fix. If you address any HVAC issues regularly, they’ll never have a chance to become a problem at all.
We recommend twice a year maintenance on your heating and cooling systems, in spring and fall, to ensure that your system is working properly.
Why HVAC Maintenance is Important
Save money: When your system is working properly, it saves you money. You’ll save in the short-term on your utility bills from the increased efficiency of the system, and you’ll save money in the long-term by increasing the longevity of your HVAC system.
Effectiveness: Simply put, a “cleaner” heater will provide better heat to the home than a dirty unit. Clean burning elements, clean blower wheel, and lubricating necessary pumps/motors allow you to get the most heat out of your unit.
Safety: One of our many steps in our fall heating maintenance process is to ensure the heating equipment is operating safely. We ensure the exhaust (from gas/oil combustion) is exiting the home properly, the gas or oil lines feeding the system are intact, and make sure that the burning elements inside the system are not compromised.
Prolonged life of equipment: With regular fall HVAC maintenance, the heater will run more efficiently, leading to less stress on the system. Stress is a key component to system and part failure.
Peace of mind: Oftentimes HVAC equipment is “out of sight, out of mind.” Getting maintenance gives you a status update on your heating equipment. Getting fall HVAC maintenance done before freezing temperatures arrive will ensure any possible fix can be done before you desperately need to heat your home.
What’s Included in Fall HVAC Maintenance
Calibrate the thermostat
We’ll ensure that your thermostat is correct and displaying the proper temperature, which will increase the effectiveness of your system.
Check electrical connections and motors
We will tighten electrical connections and measure the voltage and current on the motors. This is for safety reasons and will maintain the effectiveness of your unit.
Lubricate moving parts
We’ll lubricate any moving parts to reduce friction in your unit. This results in lower energy usage, saving you money on your utility bills.
Inspect condensate drain
We will remove sludge or blockages, as well as check that the drain pan isn’t overflowing. This is crucial to preventing water damage in your home, in addition to making the system more efficient.
Check system controls
We’ll make sure that your system is starting up, shutting off, and operating properly, saving you a ton of money on your utility bills.
Clean and adjust blower
The blower needs to be cleaned regularly, as blower issues can decrease efficiency by up to 15%. This results in lower airflow and a less comfortable environment. We will make sure the blower is clean and functioning at peak performance.
We will inspect all of your ductwork to make sure there are no leaks, holes, or weak connections, or dirty ducts, any of which can reduce the velocity of airflow through your house. Leaking ductwork is one of the most common causes of reduced efficiency and airflow, and can cost you a lot of money in the long run, so you want to make sure that your ductwork is in tip-top shape.
Fall HVAC Maintenance Only
Check fuel line connections
We will check the fuel line connections to your heater for safety reasons. This is crucial to make sure your system isn’t a fire hazard or leaking dangerous fumes in your house.
Inspect gas pressure, burner combustion, and heat exchanger
If the exchanger is not functioning properly, it can result in improper burner operation, which is very unsafe and inefficient.
Ready to Schedule an HVAC Maintenance Appointment?
Make sure your heater is in tip-top shape for winter. Contact us today to schedule an appointment.