Fall is here, which means it's time to prepare for the winter ahead! Before the weather turns truly chilly, it's vital that you check each part of your home's heating system and weatherproofing in preparation for the cold months to come. That includes some basic cleaning and maintenance to ensure your furnace, pipes, and ducts are in tip-top shape.
If you need heating repair near me, take the time to contact the best local furnace maintenance service to come in and make sure everything is ready for winter.
Turn on your furnace and pay attention to how it sounds. You should hear only that gentle humming purr of a well-maintained machine as it starts blowing hot air through your house. If you hear any noises -- clattering, clanking, rattling, or even a too-loud hum -- contact us at Swaim Electric. We'll diagnose whatever is causing the noise, making sure there's nothing serious that needs repair or replacing.
Turn on the furnace and let it run for a few hours to heat up your house. Try this in the early morning when it's still a bit cooler outside, as that way you'll feel the maximum effect as quickly as possible. Note how long it takes to heat up the house to the pre-set temperature. A couple of days later, run the test again, just to make sure the heat output is consistent. If it takes too long to heat the house or it isn't generating consistent heat output, call in our HVAC service to give it a thorough servicing or tune-up.
Give the heating a thorough inspection, and pay attention to any signs of visible damage or wear. For example, there may be black soot marks, or parts of the heater are worn out or rusty. Maybe you'll notice signs of discoloration of the metal or visible cracks. If you notice any signs of damage, call in your HVAC specialist. Furnaces can be notoriously finicky, and even the slightest indications of damage could point to far more serious problems inside the HVAC system.
The air filter is responsible for keeping dust, debris, and dirt out of your HVAC ducts, keeping your air as clean as possible. Take this time to pull out the air filter and give it a thorough inspection. If it's showing too much dirt or dust build-up, it could be a sign that the air is dirtier than you expected, which could strain the heater. Call Swaim Electric to come in and give it a tune-up today!
Even if the furnace appears to be in good working order, it's still a good idea to call in a professional service to come and give it a tune-up. That way, you can be certain the entire system is operating at maximum efficiency, is sized right for your home, and has no damage that could interfere with proper operation. It's a cost-effective solution to ensure that your HVAC system remains fully functional for years to come!
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