Compared to other parts of the country, our winters in the Port Orange area are relatively mild. However, that does not mean we can go without heat during the winter. If you had a preventative maintenance service performed on your heating equipment, you are ready for the heating season. But if you have not done that yet, now is the time to get it done.
Why is Preventive Maintenance So Important?
The single most important thing you can do for your heating system each year is to have it professionally serviced each fall. A preventive maintenance service ensures that your system is ready to get to work once the nippy nights and mornings arrive in our area. Your heating system will be more reliable and less likely to break down unexpectedly. It also ensures that your system is safe to operate because a lot can happen over the spring and summer. For example, wired connections can loosen, fray, or become corroded. Rust or cracks can develop and cause dangerous carbon monoxide leaks that put you and your family’s health and safety at risk.
Benefits of Professionally Servicing Your Heating System
The price you pay for having your heating system professionally serviced is always money well spent. Whether you have a furnace or heat pump, you could void your manufacturer’s warranty if you do not keep up with the recommended service. This means having to pay out-of-pocket for parts and possibly entire units because of lack of maintenance.
- You get a warning of small problems that could lead to a breakdown during the winter.
- The indoor air quality in your home will improve.
- Your system will run more efficiently, which will help save you money on your heating costs.
What Can You Do to Keep Your Heater Running Efficiently?
Professional maintenance is the first step to ensuring that your heater will run efficiently this winter. However, it is not the only step. There are other things that you, as a homeowner, need or could do to decrease your heating expenses further.
The single most important thing that can help you save money is to inspect your HVAC system’s air filters each month and change as needed. A dirty air filter causes your system to work harder because it does not receive the complete airflow it needs. Your heater uses more energy as it struggles to keep your home warm. Make sure only to use replacement filters that are recommended by your system’s manufacturer. If you have questions about what type of filters to use, our staff is always happy to assist you.
Proper airflow is crucial to ensuring the efficiency of your home’s HVAC system. You might think you are saving money by closing off vents in unoccupied rooms. However, your home’s ductwork is designed to use all returns and air vents to maintain positive airflow pressure. Closing off or blocking vents or returns can cause your heating system to work less efficiently. Keep furniture, rugs, curtains, and other items away from your vents and returns.
Replacing your thermostat with a smart, programmable thermostat can also ensure that your heater runs more efficiently. With this type of thermostat, you can program it to maintain a lower temperature in your home while you are away at work. It can then turn the heat up in the morning before you get up or in the late afternoon before you come home. Most smart thermostats allow you access through a smartphone app to monitor your home’s temperature and humidity while you are away. Some will even remind you when it is time to change your air filter or call for maintenance.
When Should You Call for Repair?
Speaking of maintenance, it is important to know when you need a repair service. If your heater is not turning on or blowing warm air, your first thought might be to call for repairs. However, before making that call, check for the following:
- Did the batteries die in your thermostat?
- Did someone change the temperature or switch your thermostat to cooling?
- Is your air filter clogged up with dust and debris?
- Did your heating system’s circuit breaker trip?
If you have ruled out all the above and your heater is still not turning on or blowing warm air, it is time to call for service.
However, there are instances when you should immediately turn off your heater and call us for a repair, including:
- You smell something burning other than the normal smell that happens when you turn your heater on at the beginning of the season.
- The pilot light in your furnace is glowing yellow or orange instead of blue.
- Your carbon monoxide detector goes off, potentially alerting you to a dangerous situation.
- Your heater keeps tripping its electrical circuit.
Other repair issues may not require emergency service, but you should schedule an appointment as soon as possible. For instance, if your furnace is making new noises, like screeching, clanking, or grinding, it could be because something could be loose or beginning to fail. If your home seems colder than usual, but your furnace is running, it could be struggling to heat your home because it needs a repair or it is nearing the end of its lifespan.
You Can Depend on Us for All Your Heating Needs
It is not too late to have your heating system serviced for the season. Doing it now will help ensure you won’t have to deal with unexpected breakdowns this winter.
Whether you need preventive maintenance, repair, or installation, we are ready to help. Contact East Coast Heating & Air Conditioning to schedule your appointment today.