Is Your Furnace Ready for Winter?
Fall is here and winter is just around the corner. Many home owners are already thinking about getting their furnace serviced, cleaned, and tested to make sure it’s in prime condition before winter arrives. The last thing you want is for a cold spell to hit and find that your furnace isn’t working as it should. Here are 4 simple steps to make sure your furnace is working great so your family stays nice and warm this winter.
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1 – Test
We always advise that you start running the heating system early on in the fall. This allows you to make sure that it is actually working as it should. It also allows the system to run through its proper cycle to make sure all the safety sensors and switches are working properly. A simple test also can give you the peace of mind that you will have plenty of time in case a repair is needed.
2 – Filters
Changing the filters in your system will improve efficiency and ensure you that there will be no debris circulating. A dirty or plugged filter is typically the most common repair that we encounter. A good maintenance schedule will mean that filters are generally replaced anyway, but they are always worth checking. How often should you change them? That depends on the quality and type of filter. Most standard 1-inch filters need to be changed monthly, while pleated filters can last longer. An indicator is to hold the filter up to a light to see if the light can filter through. If not, it is time to replace. We are upgrading many systems with advanced filters that only need to be changed yearly. Ask us if your system eligible for an upgrade.
3 – Inspection
Depending on where your unit is located (ie. attic, basement, crawl space), could mean an extra bit of work before getting the system running again – make sure that the unit is thoroughly cleared of any debris before use. Give the system a thorough inspection and make sure that there aren’t any major & visible problems. Call out a professional if something seems wrong.
4 – Professional
Having a professional look at the system before running it is always sensible. They can advise you as to what should or shouldn’t be done to run the system. They can also ensure that the system is working at peak efficiency, meaning your bills will be the lowest they can be. At Western Heating, our service is more than a check up or tune up, it’s a rejuvenation. Mention this article to receive an additional $50 off our $129 rejuvenation for October only.
For more information on fall maintenance, talk to one of our friendly and professional team members at 385-273-3200 or visit www.WesternHeatingAir.com and we’ll be glad to help.