Troubleshooting My Furnace

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Troubleshooting My Furnace

As soon as winter rolled around this year, I knew that I had a problem. Our home heating system didn't seem to be working well, and it was really frustrating. We would wake up to absolutely frosty mornings in our own home, and so I decided to pull out the user's manual. I started researching different furnace problems and it occurred to me that the issue might be the filters. I checked them, and you wouldn't believe how full of dust and debris they were. After they were replaced and the air handler was blown out, my furnace started working again. Check out this blog for more information about troubleshooting your furnace.

From Cooling To Heating: 3 Things You Need To Know About Your HVAC System And Changing Seasons

The HVAC systems in modern homes are complete solutions for heating and cooling needs throughout the year. Many of these systems also have other features like ventilation and dehumidifiers. Since these systems are used throughout the year, they need routine service maintenance. As the seasons change, here are some of the maintenance and repairs that HVAC systems need:

1. Frequent Cleaning and Routine Filter Changes to Reduce HVAC Wear

Throughout the year, you want to make sure that you do routine filter changes for your HVAC system. During times when you use your system more often, change filters more frequently. You will also want to do frequent filter changes when the environmental conditions cause more particles to get sucked into the system, which may be due to conditions like rural homes near dirty roads, because of high pollen, or because of tree and plant debris in the autumn. In addition, clean the systems routinely to reduce wear from dust particles that build up on components of the system.

2. Weatherizing AC Units During the Cold Months When They Are Not in Use

The AC unit outside of your home is exposed to the elements are all types of weather conditions. During the summer and early autumn months, occasionally cleaning it will ensure that it is working efficiently. When the weather gets cooler and you no longer need the AC, weatherizing it will help to protect it from damage caused by winter weather. Before you turn the AC back on in spring, make sure that you remove any covers and other weatherization you did back in the later fall.

3. Preparing Heating Systems for Cold Weather During the Winter Months

When the weather begins to change during the early autumn months, you will still need the AC for several weeks. In mid-autumn, the weather is getting colder and you are no longer using the AC; weatherize your AC during these weeks. Before the weather gets too cold and you need your heating, you will want to prepare it. For furnaces, clean the furnace and do routine inspection and maintenance. If you have a boiler and radiant heating, prepare the boiler by doing maintenance. In addition, flush air and old water out of any radiators or heating elements connected to boilers.

These are some of the maintenance and repair jobs that need to be done to HVAC systems as the seasons change. Contact an HVAC contractor to help with the service maintenance of your heating and cooling as the weather begins to change.