October 11, 2015

One of the worst feelings in the world is to turn on your furnace for the first time and find out it’s not working. To ensure that doesn’t happen to you, you need to prepare your HVAC system for the colder weather.

HVAC Furnace Maintenance

There are some HVAC furnace maintenance checks you need to do before the weather starts turning cold. The first thing you should do is change your filter.

Change your HVAC Filter

A dirty filter can prevent your furnace from heating as well as it should and can also contribute to allergies and colds and flu.

You also need to check your furnace blower compartment to ensure there isn’t any dust and debris in there. If there is, you should vacuum it out. Another thing to check is your flame sensor. These sensors accumulate soot, which can cause them to malfunction. If yours looks like it has a lot of soot on it, you can clean it off with a piece of sandpaper or wire brush.

Test your HVAC Thermostat

Many problems that you think are caused by something in your furnace are actually caused by a problem with your thermostat. To ensure your thermostat is working properly, there are some things you can do to test it. First off, on a cool morning, set your thermostat to a temperature lower than the room temperature. It should come on within a few seconds. If it doesn’t, you may have a problem.

Assuming your furnace does come on, you need to then watch to see that your house heats up to the temperature it’s supposed to within a reasonable amount of time. If it doesn’t, it could be a sign of a problem.

Check your Vents

One last bit of winter preparation is to check your vents. You want to be sure that they are set for winter heating and also that they don’t have any obstructions in them. This includes the fresh air return vents on your floors.

Though you can prepare your HVAC system for winter yourself, it’s worth it to have experts do it. That way you know everything was done properly and also that any problems that are found can be fixed quickly. For all your heating and cooling needs, call The Cooling Company.

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