The importance of home system maintenance before a season change cannot be understated. While many homeowners use the recent time change as a reminder to check smoke detector & carbon monoxide alarm batteries, at Accurate Electric Plumbing Heating & Air we like to use the seasonal changes as a reminder to check in on your HVAC system.
To help you stay comfortable this winter, regular maintenance to your home’s heating system is a vital step to help ensure it will run and operate this winter when you need it. That’s why we encourage you to implement the following maintenance steps by scheduling a regular inspection by the professionals at Accurate Electric Plumbing Heating & Air.
Some of the list below you may feel comfortable doing on your own, and some others are best to be handled by our team of professionals. As long as it’s getting done you’re not only ensuring a comfortable winter season at home, but it’s also a good investment of time and money.
So, what should you make sure gets done to take care of your home’s heating system?
Igniter Switch – This switch will need to be tested. If it’s not working, it might mean relighting the pilot light if you’re working with an older system. A newer system might have a reset button that will do the trick. And if that doesn’t work check on the breaker.
Blower Motor– This part of the heating system will need to be cleaned and lubricated. You’ll know if your blower motor needs the lubrication by checking the HVAC systems owner’s manual. First, remove the caps over the bearings, clean & dry them, and then lubricate them.
Fan Direction – Switching the direction of the ceiling fans in your home to a clockwise position will blow warm air to the floor instead of pulling it away from the floor. Just doing this simple change can help a homeowner save a lot of money during the cold months.
Hot Water Heater Tank – Flushing the tank can remove any built-up sediment and allows you to check the pressure relief valve. This step can reduce the likelihood of the hot water unit failing, which would rack up electricity costs or need replacing.
Air Ducts – take a look around air ducts in the home for any leaks, loose joints, or holes. If you find any of the aforementioned items call the pros at Accurate Electric Plumbing Heating & Air. The sooner you catch any of these issues, the easier and less costly the repair as an untreated leak can certainly cause big damage if left alone long enough.
Air Conditioning – Depending on the unit, you may be able to shut down the ac unit for the winter months which will protect the system and extend its lifespan.
Filters – A dirty filter impacts the system’s airflow. If they are not checked (and replaced) regularly at least every 90 days, your system might not be working as efficiently as possible. When you have your unit inspected, ask if a different kind of filter should and can be used. A clean filter is one of the simplest ways to maintain your heating system.
Humidifier – if your home has a whole-house humidifier, it plays a crucial role during the dry winter months. When the home’s humidity is at an adequate level it means you can lower your thermostat a couple of degrees and save on your energy bill. Check that the evaporator pad on the humidifier is operating efficiently to keep your indoor air quality ideal all winter long.
Radiator Valves – For homes with hot water radiators, the valves will need to bleed. This allows trapped air to escape and ultimately allows the system to operate more efficiently.
Depending on your level of handiness, you can check off the above items to help winterize your HVAC unit. Whenever you find a problem, or feel more comfortable using trusted and trained service professionals, you know you can call our team at Accurate Electric Plumbing Heating & Air. We are happy to help you whether that’s to schedule routine maintenance or help fix problems you find to ensure you are comfortable inside your home no matter what the weather is like outside.