The Complete Guide To Home Heating Maintenance

The Complete Guide To Home Heating Maintenance

Take a second to think about what would happen to your vehicle if you never performed any maintenance on it. No oil changes, no tire rotations, no adding air in the tires, no topping off the fluids and definitely no car washes. You probably wouldn’t be able to drive it for too long, right?

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Well, the same holds true for your home’s heating system and unfortunately, it’s something homeowners often forget about. If you neglect your furnace and its components, there’s a high likelihood of something breaking down when you need it most.

If you want your home’s heating system to last through the entirety of the cold season this year, here’s what you need to do now, and throughout the upcoming months:

DIY Heating Maintenance

When it comes to performing maintenance on your home’s hvac system, there are certain things you can do yourself, and there are other things best left to the pros. Here are a few of the things you can tackle this weekend, without calling in an expert:

  • Thermostats: switch your thermostats over to the “heat” setting if you have not done so already and then turn the temperature up a few degrees. If you hear the furnace kick on and your house begins to warm up, you’re in luck — your system is functioning. If it doesn’t, you’ve got a problem on your hands.

  • Filters: it’s vital to make sure the airways are clean at all times. Check the filter(s) at least once a month and replace or clean them as necessary. A clean filter will allow your system to operate more efficiently all season long.

  • Ducts: check air ducts for any obvious signs of damage. This can include holes, cracks, gaps or areas where the sheet metal looks crushed or collapsed.

  • General: keep in mind that your heating system needs space to operate at peak performance. Be sure to remove items that may fall within three feet or the furnace or any of its components.

Professional Heating Maintenance:

While the above maintenance tasks don’t require much knowledge or expertise, there are other key aspects that do in fact, require professional service. Here’s what you should leave to the experts:

  • Wiring: if you notice issues with the wiring or connections, it’s best to leave it to a professional. After all, electrical work can be extremely dangerous if you’re unsure about what you’re doing.

  • Cleaning: sure, there are lots of components you can clean yourself, but when it comes to the nitty gritty of lubricating moving parts and giving the ducts a thorough cleaning, it’s best to leave it to someone with lots of experience. After all, they’ve got the tools it takes to make the job a whole lot easier.

  • Replacing: it’s inevitable for parts or pieces to malfunction, and when this happens you should call an expert right away. They’ll know exactly where and how to identify the broken part and replace it correctly without ruining any other parts of the system.

  • Connecting: if there are any problems with the fuel lines, including leaks or disconnections, it’s not wise to try to fix them yourself. Not only do these tasks foster safety risks, if they’re done incorrectly, it can impact the efficiency and effectiveness of the system overall.

Now that you know what you need to do, it’s time to get to work (or make a call)! When it comes to your home’s comfort, a little maintenance goes a long way.

If you can’t remember the last time you had your furnace inspected, call us right away at (509) 956-4764 so we can schedule your preventative maintenance promptly. We also offer maintenance programs with our Ultimate Savings Agreement that gives you priority status and discounts on system tune-ups.

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