Updated: Nov 12
While the changing season provides a great opportunity for homeowners to save on HVAC costs by opening windows and temporarily powering down units, it will soon be time to turn on the heat.
Will your system be ready to handle this year's chill?
Regular preventive maintenance, performed twice a year, can help your system keep up with seasonal temperature swings. Plus, it can increase HVAC performance and help you avoid costly emergency repairs—because no one wants to be left without heat in the middle of a snowstorm. While most newer heating systems require little maintenance, a quick tune-up can greatly extend the life of your HVAC equipment, ensuring it always runs at peak efficiency.
While the guy or gal in charge of the honey-do list is likely very talented, it’s important to remember these Fall HVAC tips aren’t intended to replace the maintenance done by a certified HVAC technician, but rather to give homeowners some things they can do safely to keep their furnace running efficiently.
As always, major furnace maintenance should be handled by a licensed HVAC technician. But there are some steps you can take on your own that can result in a more comfortable winter:
Turn off all power to the unit before performing any maintenance; wait for the blower to stop.
Replace air filters at least once every three months. Dirty filters can cause your system to work harder, resulting in lower efficiency.
Run a sound check
Turn your unit on, and check for unusual sounds, like banging or rattling.
Look for signs of moisture
Check for moisture on windows, or rust or dirt accumulations on the vent pipe. This can indicate improper operation.
Assess the room temperature
Check your thermostat's temperature while the unit is on to ensure rooms are reaching their full comfort potential.
Keep vents and registers open.
People frequently try to save money each winter by closing off the heating vents that warm unused rooms. Although the concept sounds logical, research conducted by the U.S. Department of Energy shows that closing some of the vents in your home actually reduces the efficiency of both heating and cooling systems. The research further shows that closing more than 60 percent of a system’s vents is unsafe and likely to damage your system.
Check for leaks in duct work.
Take a look around at your air ducts. Do you notice any holes, leaks, or loose joints? If so, contact a ductwork repair company right away for repairs or ductwork replacement services. These leaks can easily be sealed or ductwork replaced to avoid your hot air from escaping.
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Checking thermostat settings to ensure the heating system keeps your home comfortable.
Tighten any electrical components and measure voltage.
Lubricate moving parts that may cause friction in motors.
Check the condensate drain to avoid water damage.
Check gas (or oil) connections, gas pressure, heat exchanger, etc.
If, during your basic checklist rundown you discover any unusual noises, excess moisture or other signs your unit is not functioning properly, contact a certified HVAC technician. Your technician will perform a variety of diagnostic procedures in addition to regular pre-season maintenance. This will ensure that all parts are cleaned, drained and lubricated, and all assembly and burner controls are working correctly. A thorough inspection will also verify that the heat exchanger is doing its job and the flue system is free of cracks and corrosion.
Once maintenance is complete and your system is running at peak capacity, you can relax in the comfort of knowing your system will provide ample and consistent heat throughout the season.