The best time to make sure that your heating system is working properly is autumn. It is best to do it before the temperatures begin to drop so low that you will have to increase the heat in order to keep your home comfortable. The first task is to get a licensed and experienced heating and air conditioning repair company to check out the HVAC system in your home. The repairs and tunings should be done before the winter approaches since most companies will have a low staff presence during winter. In addition to this task, there are some important maintenance tasks that can and should be done by the homeowners themselves.
Getting the heating system ready for winter is more than just comfort. A well maintained heater will always help to keep your home warmer during winter, and it also means a lower heating bill. A heater that is well maintained and properly functioning will eliminate other hazards that are associated with a poorly maintained heating system. A poorly maintained heater can also lead to health hazards due to leakages of unwanted gases etc. The biggest problem with a badly maintained heating system is finding yourself stuck in the middle of the winter with a broken heating system, which can cause a small fortune in repair bills.
The first thing to look is the windows and doors in your house. Check if you have any cracked or broken windows and doors in your home. Even the best heater in the world will be useless if there are cracked & broken windows and doors in a house. The next task is to check the air filters of the heating system. Dirty air filters could greatly decrease the efficiency of a good heating system. This can also lead to breakdowns in your heater. You will not need to call a professional repairman, in order to clean the air filters. Check the air filters every week and replace them if necessary. Air filters can quickly be clogged with dust and other airborne debris.
The next important step in maintaining the heating system is to check its thermostat. Thermostats wear out more quickly than most people would anticipate. You must check on how closely the thermostat is reflecting the actual temperature in your home. This can be done easily by keeping a standard thermometer next to your thermostat. If the readings are different after some time, you will have to replace the thermostat in the heating system with a digital model, providing that the standard thermometer is accurate as per your experience with it. This type of maintenance work should be done by always turning off the power to your furnace. The heater’s fan blades can be cleaned if you are able to access them. It can differ according to the make and model of the heating system. If you have an older type of heating system, it may require lubrication from time to time. The blower shafts and the furnace’s motor may require a drop of oil or two every year. The belt on the furnace should also be aligned at all times for proper functioning of the heating system.
The above self-maintenance tips would help to keep your heating system in top condition during winter, thereby making your home comfortable and helping to save electricity costs in the process.
About the author
Vince Bradley is a kitchen appliance technician. He is specializing in stove and refrigerator repair. He likes to write and give advise about how to maintain kitchen appliance in good condition and also how to repair a broken home appliance. He is works for a ABCAuthorizedRepair in Studio City, CA.