Tips on Furnace Repair and Maintenance
Every homeowner wants a comfortable, warm environment during winter months. However, to ensure this is the case, it is important to regularly check the home’s furnace for problems. Below are some tips about furnace installation and repair and when to call a professional.
Maintaining a Furnace or HVAC System
Simple neglect is a very common reason for furnace failure. Often, it is the sum total of all the little things that were ignored that cause a heater to fail. Many homeowners make the mistake of assuming that once a furnace is installed, it will do its job indefinitely. However, to ensure heating systems function properly during cold weather, they must be regularly serviced. Furnaces are subject to wear and tear just like any other appliance. Therefore, they will almost certainly malfunction if not maintained on a constant basis.
Whether a dwelling is heated by an oil or gas run furnace or a traditional HVAC system, the heater is subject to corrosion. The latter occurs over time, and only regular servicing ensures that the corrosion does not build up to a significant level that interferes with how the unit functions.
Effects of Natural Elements
The effects of natural elements, such as the impact of rain and wind on an oil or gas tank, can also lead to furnace problems. It is wise for homeowners to speak to a professional about how to reduce the impact of these factors.
Improper installation techniques can lead to the premature failing of virtually any type of furnace. Anyone who suspects that a heater has been improperly installed should have another professional visit the home to determine if this is the case.
A frequently overlooked but essential factor regarding furnace maintenance is the energy efficiency of the home itself: furnaces do not have to labor excessively during cold weather if the dwelling is properly insulated. One avenue through which to make sure a home does not lose warm air is to replace old windows and doors with units that are more energy efficient. Installing programmable thermostats, caulking drafty windows and placing weatherstrips in appropriate areas throughout the dwelling also helps to lower energy consumption and take strain off the heater.
Changing Air Filters
Regularly cleaning and changing air filters increases the longevity of most furnaces and HVAC systems and keeps them running efficiently throughout the year. Air filters should be checked every 30 days and replaced when they become visibly dirty.
It is never a good idea for a homeowner to attempt furnace installation and repair without consulting a professional. Attempting such tasks may lead to costly mistakes or even endanger those who live in the home. Instead, customers should avail themselves of the services offered by Jon Wayne Heating & Air for all their heating and cooling needs.