Your heater works tirelessly, day in and day out, to provide a comfortable living experience for you and your family. It’s easy to take that heater for granted until it goes out and leaves you in the cold. If you don’t schedule heater maintenance, you’re essentially scheduling a day full of stress, worry, and financial dread.
You want to avoid the need for a heating repair in Houston for as long as possible. Let’s walk you through what fall maintenance your heater needs so you can buy yourself some piece of mind.
Your Air Filters Need to Be Replaced
The first step is always to change out the air filters. Your heater needs to pull in air to heat up before pushing it through your ducts. When your air filters are old, clogged, and dirty, it makes that a taxing chore for your heater when it should be relatively simple.
All of that extra stress of trying to pull air through a clogged filter rapidly adds wear and tear to your heater as a whole. Ensuring you change the air filters every 30-90 days can make a massive difference in your heating system’s longevity.
Plug Those Heater Air Leaks
Your heater is undoubtedly going to have a few leaks as time marches on. Ducts can incur tiny holes or slices in them from constant expansion due to the heat, and while it doesn’t seem like those small issues would cause a bigger problem, they can drastically lower your heating efficiency.
Fall maintenance means getting these small leaks taken care of and maintaining maximum heating efficiency. When your home heats up faster, your furnace shuts down sooner, saving stress on the working parts and money on your energy bill.
Clear Out Your Heating Ducts
Your heating ducts have dust in them. Since duct cleaning isn’t something that needs to be done all the time, there’s a chance that your ducts haven’t been cleared out for years. That dust buildup lowers heating efficiency, and if it’s bad enough, it can create airflow issues within your heater.
That Thermostat May Need to Be Recalibrated
Your thermostat detects the air temperature and then communicates with your heater. If it’s too cold, it tells the heater to kick on. When the thermostat isn’t detecting the current air temperature properly, it could turn on preemptively, costing you more money than you planned on spending when your next energy bill comes around.
A thermostat recalibration is a relatively quick fix for a trained technician. Unless you have a high-end thermostat with a digital screen and clear menu options, recalibration may be more technical. It all depends on your thermostat and what kind of system you’re heating. Wiring may be the issue, which would need to be replaced by a trained technician.
Fall Into Fall Maintenance
It’s time to embrace maintenance before the frigid winter hits. The last thing you want is your heater going out when you need it most. Keep it reliable with regular maintenance, and be sure to get a tune-up before the cold season really hits.
Contact Fresh Air, L.P. today to schedule maintenance before winter strikes and your heater problems become a whole lot more disruptive.