Where does the time go? It seems like it was just yesterday that Long Island residents were preparing for summer, and before we know it, it’ll be back to school and back to business as usual. That means it’s time to pull out the fall maintenance checklist and start preparing for cooler weather. The first task on your list should be scheduling your furnace or heat pump’s annual preventive tuneup. Doing so now will ensure your system is ready to go with the first cold snap, and you’ll reap these far-reaching benefits of a well-maintained system:
- Fewer common HVAC problems during the winter.
- Lower heating bills.
- Longer system life.
- Higher level of comfort.
- Reduced carbon emissions.
A qualified technician from a reputable company will complete a long list of essential tasks to improve the performance of your heating system, including these:
- Lubricate the parts that move to prevent friction, which can damage your system.
- Tighten electrical connections and belts.
- Test the controls to ensure the system starts up, cycles, and shuts down properly.
- Clean the interior components, including the fan and heat exchanger, to remove dust buildup that can cause overheating and the premature failure of these essential components.
- Clean the condensate pan and flush the drain to prevent clogs.
- Inspect the terminals and wiring for damage and corrosion.
- Measure the airflow to the system for optimum performance.
- Check the accuracy of the thermostat.
- Inspect the ducts for loose joints and damage that can restrict airflow and reduce comfort.
- Inspect for dangerous carbon monoxide leaks.
- Inspect the fuel lines and connections.
Once your technician packs up and leaves, it’s up to you to maintain the efficiency of the system. The most important DIY task is to inspect the air filter in your system and replace it when it’s dirty. A clogged filter reduces efficiency and air quality, and can cause expensive damage to your furnace or heat pump.
Now is the time to schedule your fall maintenance tune-up with one of our skilled technicians. Please feel free to contact us in the Long Island area at Cool Power LLC.
Our goal is to help educate our customers in Hauppauge, New York and the Long Island area about energy and home comfort issues (specific to HVAC systems). For more information about HVAC maintenance and other HVAC topics, download our free Home Comfort Resource guide.
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