Regular maintenance and inspections are necessary to ensure your home’s heating equipment stays healthy and efficient. Most of this maintenance should be performed by an HVAC professional during your annual furnace inspection. However, there are a few things you can do yourself. Here’s a simple five-step checklist to help you keep your heating equipment in tip-top condition.
- Replace air filters. Having clogged filters can restrict the airflow through your home, forcing your furnace to run longer than it should, overworking it and ultimately causing damage to your system and shortening its lifespan. Check your filters every month, and replace them at least every three months to maintain proper airflow.
- Examine ducts. Leaks in your ductwork can reduce airflow, waste energy and overload your system. The average homeowner experiences 30 percent or more of their energy loss from leaking ducts. Check for holes, tears and places where two sections of ductwork have come apart, and then repair these leaks with metal tape or mastic sealant. Don’t use duct tape, as it can lose its adhesiveness after a few years, letting air leak out from underneath it.
- Test your thermostat. Temporarily set your thermostat a few degrees higher than normal (up to about 80). Does your furnace turn on to heat your home to this higher setting? If it doesn’t, you may have a thermostat problem that requires professional attention. Be sure to turn your thermostat back down when you’re done.
- Clean the heat exchanger. Heat exchanger coils are used to heat the air distributed throughout your home. Over time, these coils can build up dirt and soot, which can cause it to function less efficiently. It’s important to clean your heat exchanger every year and remove debris, so your system can run smoothly all season long.
- Check the fuel. If your heating equipment runs on propane or oil rather than gas, check your fuel storage tank to make sure you have the proper fuel levels and that everything is working as it should.
For more help keeping your heating equipment running smoothly, contact Davis Air Conditioning.
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