Heating Repairs & Maintaining Your Heating Systems
Friday, February 3, 2017
If you are a homeowner, you’ll want to know some things about your heating system and the importance of repairs and maintenance. As Indian River plumbing and heating professionals, we’ve found that there are common problems which could be avoided if the homeowner had been more aware of their heating system.
If you treat your heating system right, it will work more efficiently for you. Your home will also stay more comfortable as you enjoy better energy efficiency.
Another important benefit is better air quality. Breathing cleaner air is something that you and the family can enjoy when the heating system is maintained well.
Here are some things you’ll need to know about your heating equipment and what needs to be done to maintain it. We hope these tips from our pros will help you to make good decisions about your heating equipment.
Maintenance & Tune Ups
Most homes are fitted with a central heat and air system that provides both heating and cooling. The central air heating system uses an air handler that processes the air and then forces it out through ducts and vents. When all parts of the central air system are functioning correctly, you should be getting good energy efficiency.
Twice a year, a tune-up should be done to clean and lubricate the heating and cooling equipment. As the furnace is cleaned, it will blow cleaner air from the system. The homeowner should keep the filters changed every month to keep the heating and air conditioning system as clean as possible.
Furnace Maintenance Tune Ups
The furnace is a fairly large unit that requires its own space within your home. The unit pushes hot air into the duct system that connects to every room. Ducts have vents that allow the air to pass through. If the furnace is dirty, the dirty air is pushed into the duct system. You can tell there are problems with the furnace if you see soot stains on surfaces around the outside of the vents.
The evaporator coil is a part of the furnace unit but is not connected to the furnace housing. It is a metal enclosure which is usually attached to the side or top of the furnace. It is also connected to the condensing unit located on the outside of the home. This part of the system can also get dirty.
With a heating tune up and proper maintenance, the furnace is kept cleaned and operating smoothly. The machinery will last longer and be more efficient throughout the years of use. A yearly tune up should include testing for gas leaks, making adjustments, and cleaning specific parts such as the coils, blower assembly, and other areas of the furnace.