You could still fry an egg on the sidewalk in The Woodlands most days, but fall weather is right around the corner, and that means it’s time for your annual fall furnace maintenance visit by a reputable HVAC contractor. Having your furnace tuned up by a qualified technician is the number one way to increase efficiency and save on energy costs during the heating season. It will also help prevent carbon monoxide leaks, extend the life of your system, and help prevent common problems that could leave you without heat.
Professional Maintenance Tasks
During the tune-up, the HVAC technician will inspect and clean the system and perform essential maintenance tasks to help ensure efficient operation. The technician will perform these checkpoints, among others:
- Check and program thermostat.
- Lubricate moving components to reduce friction.
- Tighten electrical connections and inspect terminals and wires for corrosion.
- Tighten gas connections and inspect the gas lines.
- Inspect the vent for obstructions and damage.
- Inspect the heat exchanger and blower assembly.
- Inspect for potential carbon monoxide leaks.
- Inspect the burner assembly.
- Inspect the ducts for loose joints and obstructions.
- Test the controls of the system for proper cycling.
DIY Maintenance Tasks
While fall furnace maintenance will go a long way toward increasing the efficiency of the furnace, there are a couple of things you should do before winter sets in to ensure continued energy efficiency:
- Stock up on air filters and replace the air filter every one to three months or when it’s clogged with dust. A dirty air filter restricts airflow, allows dust to enter the interior, and doesn’t do its job to improve indoor air quality. A clean air filter is essential for efficiency and good health.
- Maintain the area around the furnace to prevent dust from getting inside the heating and cooling system.
For more expert advice about essential fall furnace maintenance, or to schedule your tune-up with one of our qualified technicians, please feel free to contact us in The Woodlands area at Bradbury Brothers Heating & Air Conditioning.
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