With temperatures plummeting to freezing lows, the last thing you may want is to find your heating system bail out on you! The unexpected repair or maintenance cost can be enough to ruin a few weeks, but the added discomfort of an icy-cold day or night can make it seem ten times worse. Heating system maintenance is paramount to ensure a healthy unit that runs at peak performance and keeps your home comfortable all through the season.
No matter what kind of heating system you have, regular service and maintenance of your heating system is a great way to prolong its life and save big on your energy bills.
If you haven’t done your research yet, then we have a comprehensive maintenance checklist that includes all the items that you should take care of to keep your furnace or heat pump functioning properly.
Check Your Furnace Filter
During the cold months of winter, your heating systems are functioning day and night to maintain a comfortable atmosphere in your home. This means its furnace filter is continuously pulling dust and dirt from the indoor air supply. These contaminants build up quickly in the filter during the months of heavy use. Although quality disposable filters can work correctly for 3 to 6 months, it is a smart practice to inspect and, if required, change the filters every month. If the filter looks gray and is covered in debris, it is wise to change it.
Check Carbon Monoxide Detectors
A faulty carbon monoxide detector can lead to poisoning of your indoor air. Carbon monoxide is a byproduct that is produced when fuel burns in the heating system. Since it is odorless and colorless, only a carbon monoxide detector can warn you when a sufficient amount of this poisonous gas leaks into your indoor air. Get these detectors in your property checked at least once every month during the winter season to ensure that they are in working order.
Inspect The Outdoor Unit
A heat pump consists of four major components, and the one on its exterior is called the outdoor unit. The outdoor unit or heat pump is the part that is located outside the home and has a compressor, reversing valve, condensing coil, fan, and motor, defrost control, and all the system’s electrical components. It is essential to maintain the outdoor unit in a clean and clear condition so that your heating system gets adequate airflow for heat exchange. Check the unit monthly and clear any build-up of debris. If your area receives heavy snow or ice storms, check your unit after every such episode to make sure that it is clean and has not suffered any damage.
Check Ductwork, Registers, And Vents
Weak connections and leaks are some common problems that arise in a system’s ductwork. If you find such issues in the open sections of your unit, secure them with metal tape or mastic sealant. Also, schedule professional inspection and repair services for your unit as the other inaccessible areas are likely to have similar problems.
The heating registers and vents should be kept clear to ensure optimal airflow in the room. Do a quick check and ensure that none of them are covered by heavy furniture, drapes, rugs, and other items. If you notice dust leaking from registers, it is time to get your duct system cleaned properly by an HVAC professional.
Do you need more information about the regular repair and maintenance requirements of your heating system? A-1 Cooling & Refrigeration can help. And if you have followed these quick tips and are not confident about your heating system’s working efficiency, schedule an inspection service with us today!