Even though you may be enjoying the end of summer, it is a good idea to start thinking about getting your furnace ready for winter use.
If you keep good maintenance records of your HVAC equipment and did not have any issues the previous winter, it is probably safe to turn on your furnace once or twice when a cool night comes along.
However, you should get your system inspected by a professional contractor to prevent any unexpected break downs.
What does furnace maintenance cover?
A good furnace check-up has many benefits. During an inspection, your technician will check your gas ignition system, tighten all the electrical connections, and verify the gas pressure and test the ignition system. More importantly, he will inspect the heat exchanger for any damage or cracks.
In a gas furnace, the heat exchanger is an airtight chamber which transfer’s combustion gases which exit the home through the flue. A damaged or cracked heat exchanger is very dangerous. The system should be shut down immediately until it can be repaired or replaced.
Professional technicians can identify and address small problems before they progress into inconvenient, serious issues.
The Importance of maintenance for Fletcher, NC residents
We often find that no-heat calls in the winter are related to the lack of HVAC maintenance. By not scheduling your fall maintenance, it could lead to a health hazard in your home. Your maintenance visit can reveal carbon monoxide leaks, which are difficult to detect because the gas is odorless and colorless. Carbon monoxide poisoning can cause headaches, dizziness, nausea and even death.
If your furnace is found to be unsafe, your technician will shut your furnace off to ensure your family’s safety.
Fletcher homeowners can do these things to help
There are a few things homeowners can do to get the furnace ready for winter. Look for drafty areas around your home, such as cracks in doors and windows and make necessary repairs. Replace the batteries and test your carbon monoxide detector. Make sure it is working properly and test the device.
Make sure to keep the area surrounding your furnace unobstructed, especially items considered a fire danger. Replace the air filter. A dirty filter restricts airflow, decreases the efficiency of your system and forces components to work harder. Also, walk around your home and clean the air vents, removing any dust or pet hair.
Of course, an in-depth maintenance should be scheduled with a local HVAC contractor to ensure your heating system is operating at optimum performance for the upcoming winter season.
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