Heating Maintenance

For most of us, the machines we use every day slip our minds until something goes wrong. Unfortunately, these malfunctions never occur at convenient times. We often take for granted the maintenance and upkeep needed for the average HVAC system. That is until they stop working due to a lack of upkeep.

If you want to stay warm and comfortable, heating system tune-ups are necessary. If you’ve been curious about heating maintenance and what goes into a maintenance visit, we’re here to help. Read on for some vital information on heater and furnace maintenance.

Why is Heating Maintenance Important?

The first thing to tackle is simple – why does it even matter? Many heaters are durable and can last for quite some time. Although every machine needs regular routine maintenance. Even the sturdiest heating system or furnace will need occasional maintenance. This is vital not only to stop it from breaking but also to prevent hazards. Heaters can experience several failures that end in fire risk. This can cause injury, death, or simple discomfort.

An unkept system will not last as long as a well-maintained system. It also may not heat the property as well as efficient as it should. This can be costly and uncomfortable. This will result in it becoming a useless heater.

Other issues may include unpleasant smells coming from the system. It could be a gaseous smell or the smell of something burning. Stale air that isn’t moving through the system as well as it should, will also cause issues.

In short, heating maintenance keeps your furnace working. If you fail to get a proper heater tune-up, you will likely end up with a broken or useless system. Proper maintenance can help prevent your heater from breaking down when you need it the most.

Benefits of Heating Maintenance

Of course, there are many benefits to proper maintenance than avoiding the negatives. There are many benefits to having a well-maintained heating system.

The biggest advantage is that it will last longer than a taken care of heating system that hasn’t had regular routine maintenance. A system with cleaned coils, vents, and filters will operate much better as well.

This allows it to move warm air through the property without being blocked by lint, dust, or other obstacles in the filters and intakes. It also lets the system warm the home more thoroughly and quickly, as more air can get through. When the weather suddenly becomes much colder without warning, this is a more than welcome benefit.

Another crucial point is that maintenance can help bring incoming issues to your attention. If you have your system inspected, issues like small cracks or wearing belts are spotted sooner. Without these being fixed, they will eventually progress to much more significant issues.

Heating maintenance can keep your home warm and your energy costs down. A well-maintained system is more efficient and won’t have to run for as long to distribute as much air. It’s a great benefit that keeps you comfortable and your costs down.

Steps to Heating Maintenance

Now that we know the benefits of heating maintenance, what goes into a basic heating tune-up? Here are some of things you can expect a Smoak’s technician to do during a routine inspection.

  • Inspecting vent system and air intakes, removing blockages, and clearing buildup
  • Inspecting all filters and cleaning or replacing as necessary
  • Inspecting and cleaning the blower and clearing away any debris
  • Checking blower motors and ensuring its functioning properly
  • Examining all electrical connections and tightening or replacing them as needed
  • Checking burners and flame sensors for safety, especially in older systems
  • Examining belts and vents for signs of damage or cracking
  • Inspecting and ensuring accuracy from the thermostat
  • Make sure everything is properly lubricated for moving parts
  • Testing all safety controls and system startup

For units that use oil or gas, there are a few extra steps. Fuel lines face a much deeper inspection as cracking or leaking is much more dangerous with gas. Burners, pilot lights, gas pressure, and the thermocouple all also need inspecting.

It sounds like a lot, but many of these boxes are checked off simultaneously. Checking air filters and intakes, for example, is usually a relatively easy task as well.

While many of these tasks are ones you should save for a professional HVAC technician there’s plenty you can do yourself! Most filters are easily accessible and cleaned. Make sure the air vents in your home are properly cleaned and cleared of any debris. This is especially the case in the colder season.

When to Maintain Your Heating System

Maintenance is a year-round job. You should do your best to always keep your vents clean. If you can easily access them, clean off filters and intakes regularly. This will help limit the dust that gets into your system. Not only does this help keep the system cleaner, but it also stops the system from blowing dust around your home.

That said, there are a few tips on when maintenance is essential. At the very least, you should have your HVAC system serviced at least once a year. This will help to keep your indoor air quality optimal and head off any problems that may grow during the year.

You can make this more frequent if you’d like. For example, quality air is more important if someone in your home lives with respiratory issues or a weak immune system. In this case, having an inspection two or even three times a year is recommended.

You should make sure that maintenance is completed before the cold season arrives. Once the temperatures drop, your system will have much more strain placed on it. This can exacerbate any issues that may have been occurring, so make sure to maintain it properly beforehand.

Staying Warm

A heating system tune-up is an easy and essential part of your annual routine. Make sure that your heating systems are being maintained to keep your home or business comfortable, safe, and productive.

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