With the official arrival of fall comes the need to get your heating system in shape. If you haven't already scheduled a heating system tune-up from your trusted HVAC professional, now's the time to get it done. A professional inspection and a tune-up ensure your heating system is ready for winter duty. Your HVAC technician can also detect small problems that could develop into bigger issues if left undetected.
There's plenty that your HVAC technician will accomplish during a heating system tune-up. Here's what you can expect to see during a typical maintenance visit.
1. Basic Checks for Damage and Wear
One of the first things your HVAC technician will do is perform a cursory inspection of your heating system. Your technician will look for any signs of obvious wear and tear on your heating system. Your technician will also take note of any strange sounds or vibrations that could suggest serious, underlying problems with your heating system.
Your HVAC technician may also check your thermostat for correct operation. The technician may preemptively replace the thermostat battery to safeguard against potential malfunctions.
2. Checks for Duct Blockages
Your HVAC technician will also check your heating system for proper air delivery. Your technician will check your ducts for blockages caused by dust and debris buildup, as well as blockages caused by collapsed or disconnected sections of ductwork. The technician will also inspect and, if necessary, clean your home's supply and return air vents and registers.
Forced-air heating systems rely on a steady, uninterrupted supply of fresh air to operate properly. Duct blockages can cripple your heating system, robbing your home of its wintertime comfort when it needs it most. A thorough inspection helps prevent dirty ducts from holding your heating system back.
3. Inspection and Lubrication of Moving Parts
Furnace blower motors and other components with moving parts will be thoroughly inspected and lubricated as needed. Your technician will also carefully inspect these components for signs of abnormal wear and physical damage.
If the blower motor is belt driven, your technician will also check the belts for cracks, glazing, missing chunks and other signs of wear and tear. Belts that exhibit any of these signs may be replaced as a part of the tune-up service.
4. In-Depth Check of Burners and Ignition Systems
Blocked gas burners and faulty igniters can cause serious problems for your heating system. Your HVAC technician will carefully inspect the gas burners for soot buildup, rust and physical damage. Thermocouples, pilots and other components associated with the burners and ignition system will also be checked for any signs of damage and poor adjustment.
5. Heat Exchanger and Exhaust Check
Heat exchangers and exhaust flues can develop cracks and rust spots over time, flooding your home with dangerous and potentially deadly gases. Your HVAC technician will make sure your heat exchanger and exhaust system remain intact and rust-free.
6. Filter Check and Replacement
Furnace filters are easy to change, but they're also easy to forget about. If you haven't already changed your furnace filter, then your HVAC technician will supply your heating system with a new, clean filter. Your technician may also make recommendations for upgrading your furnace filter for better performance and greater indoor air quality.
7. Heat Pump Refrigerant Check
If you rely on a heat pump for your home's heating needs, your HVAC technician will check the heat pump's refrigerant level and add additional refrigerant if needed. Low refrigerant can cause many problems that prevent your heat pump from working properly.
Your HVAC technician may also check the evaporator coil for signs of debris or mildew buildup. The condensate drip tray below the evaporator coil will also be inspected for signs of wear and damage.
For more information, get in touch with a local heating repair company such as Custom Heating & Air Conditioning LLC.Share
2 October 2018
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