To prevent your heating equipment from leaving you cold this winter, schedule a professional Seattle HVAC Service call before the nights turn freezing. Yearly maintenance is strongly recommended to decrease emergency failures and to extend the life of your furnace. Don’t discount the energy savings with a properly maintained furnace either. The money spent for yearly maintenance and cleaning will save you money on heating bills and provide the safest, most environmentally sound system operation.
In addition to a yearly service call, there are a number of routine maintenance chores you can perform on your own:
- Smoke Detectors – if you haven’t already, install smoke detectors throughout your residence. It is strongly advised that you install smoke/CO detectors, one per floor and an additional in the kitchen. Check local code as to minimum requirements. Experts recommend that the batteries be replaced in each detector at least twice every year. A good rule of thumb is to mark your calendar for January 1st and July 4th. Additionally, check the detectors at the beginning of the heating season.
- Turn System Off – before performing any maintenance yourself, turn the unit off, and wait for the blower to stop. This is recommended for safety reasons.
- Filter(s) – before every heating season, replace or clean the air filter(s). Check the filter(s) every month and replace as indicated.
- Blower Compartment – with unit still off, remove the blower compartment cover and inspect thoroughly. Vacuum any debris or dust that has built up. This particular chore is best left to the professionals from Seattle HVAC Service & Repair. A full inspection as to efficiency and operation will be performed at this time.
- Clutter – clear the furnace area of all clutter. This is especially required if there are any combustible materials close to the burner. Additionally, if the air flow is obstructed, it can result in incomplete combustion and cause excess production of carbon monoxide (CO).
- Chimney – before every heating season, check the chimney and flue connections to assure proper fit. Any loose connections or debris must be addressed immediately. Loose fittings can leak the products of combustion into your home and debris in the chimney or flue can potentially ignite.
- Listen – if, when the furnace (boiler) fires up there are any unfamiliar noises, call Seattle HVAC Service & Repair immediately for a full inspection of your system. Faulty burners can cause noises that indicate serious problems.
- Smell – if you smell natural gas or fuel oil, you must turn the heater off, stop flow of fuel to the burner, open the windows and vacate your home immediately! Call Seattle HVAC Service & Repair for an emergency inspection of your system. If you smell natural gas, call the gas company immediately.
- Look – visually inspect your unit on occasion to determine if there are signs of malfunction. Some signs of component malfunction may include: moisture build-up on the inside of windows; components that are visibly burnt; excessive dirt or rust build-up in the chimney (flue) or the heating unit.