Is Your Heating System Ready for the Cold Weather?
Fall home maintenance involves a number of important steps, ranging from minor conveniences to those which affect the health, safety, and comfort of your family. As a vital component of your home, your heating system should be included as part of your maintenance routine, ensuring it is in good working order for the colder season ahead. But how do you know if it’s ready and what steps can you perform yourself?
The Importance of Furnace Maintenance
Your furnace is an integral part of your HVAC system, maintaining comfort levels throughout heating season, while impacting the quality of your indoor air. Just as your vehicle requires regular service and maintenance, so does your furnace. Rather than waiting until it breaks down, undergoing routine maintenance in the fall, before you even turn the unit on, is the best way to ensure continuous, efficient, uninterrupted service when you need it most. That’s not all, it also helps to avoid costly, mid-season repairs.
Common problems associated with improper maintenance can include:
- Undue wear and tear on components
- Dirty air filters
- Seized blower motor
- Dirty flame sensors
- Broken igniter
While some issues are more costly than others, all can be avoided with a consistent routine of professional and homeowner maintenance.
Furnace Maintenance Tips
As a homeowner, there are a number of things you can do to ensure the health and safety of your heating system, including:
- Perform a visual inspection of the unit periodically, looking for any obvious signs of deterioration, leakage, or corrosion.
- Change your air filter regularly (every four to six weeks during peak heating season).
- Ensure there are no obstructions around intake and supply vents, including furniture, plants, draperies, or furniture.
- Keep the area around your furnace clear of debris, flammable materials, and any object which may obstruct airflow.
The Benefits of Professional Maintenance
As part of your annual preventative maintenance agreement with HVAC & Plumbing Unlimited, our skilled, licensed technicians will clean, tune, and perform any necessary repairs on your heating system for efficient, reliable performance throughout the winter months. Routine maintenance includes:
- Lubrication of all moving parts.
- Checking of system controls
- Checking of system operation, including starting, running, and shutoff.
- Tightening all electrical connections
- Inspection the condensate drain.
- Changing of the air filter.
- Checking the thermostat settings (switch from cool to heat and give tips to maximize furnace efficiency).
- Inspection gas and oil connections.
- Examination of gas pressure.
- Inspection of the heat exchanger.
- Checking of burner combustion.
Annual preventative maintenance from HVAC & Plumbing Unlimited has a number of significant benefits, including:
- Increased comfort. Technicians will ensure your furnace is properly sized for your home, identify and address any issues that may affect your comfort, and keep your furnace operating at peak performance.
- Lower energy bills. A clean, well maintained furnace uses less energy to produce heat, reducing your carbon footprint, and your energy costs.
- Fewer repairs. Minor issues can be caught early before they become larger, more costly repairs.
- Warranty validation. Maintenance and repairs must be performed by a licensed professional to satisfy the conditions of your warranty.
- Peace of mind. Rest easy knowing that your furnace will be there for you when you need it most.
Trust HVAC & Plumbing Unlimited for Furnace Maintenance
Why should you call HVAC & Plumbing Unlimited for the routine annual maintenance, service, and repair of your heating system?
- We offer 24/7 emergency service, so you’re never left out in the cold.
- We aim to surpass our customers expectations of excellence, quality, and professionalism.
- Our technicians never stop learning, with ongoing training to keep up with the latest innovations, and technology.
Contact us today to schedule furnace maintenance in Northern Virginia.