Tips to Getting Your Furnace Winter-Ready
Winter's just getting underway. It may be getting cold now, but the worst is yet to come. Just because winter is here, however, doesn't mean you can't start preparing for the rest of the cold season. When it comes to winterizing your home, the first place you want to start is with your furnace. If your furnace isn't working to full capacity, you're definitely not ready for the winter no matter how many blankets you pile on top of the bed. Before it's an emergency and you have to call for a heating company in Villa Rica, here are a few simple ways to get your furnace ready for the long cold season ahead.
Check the Thermostat
Set the thermostat from cold to heating, setting it a few degrees higher than the current indoor temperature. Wait to see how quickly you hear it click on. If it takes longer than a minute, remove the cover to see if the wires are secure. You don't have to be an expert to tell if something's obviously detached or loose, so give the wires a slight tug if you're comfortable doing so. If the thermostat still isn't working, check the furnace for obvious signs of failure, then call in a professional.
Change Air Filters
They say you should switch these out every few months, and they're right. Sadly, most homeowners don't go through the trouble. With winter on its way, now's a good time to get in the habit. Some HVACs have a single filter you can replace. Others have a permanent electrostatic filter you can remove, wash, and reuse. Either way, replacing or cleaning your air filter prevents debris from clogging up your HVAC and putting a tremendous strain on your home's heating and cooling system.
Cover the AC Condenser
A simple fix that can help extend the life of your HVAC, cover your AC condenser to prevent falling icicles from falling on it. This can be easily done by covering it with something big and sturdy such as a trashcan lid and then securing it with bungee cords.
Cleaning the Heat Exchanger
Once a year, call an expert at heating service in Villa Rica to come and brush and vacuum out the heat exchanger while it's disabled. Better to do this on a mild day, so your system will be ready for the brutal days to come. While it's being cleaned, have the technician look for and repair any cracks. These can lead to dangerous carbon monoxide leaks and should be resolved immediately.
Clean the Blower Motor
If your motor is the kind that requires lubricating (check the owner's manual), then turn off the power, remove the cover, clean the caps, then remove them and lubricate the bearings within.
Test the Igniter Switch
Newer systems are outfitted with igniter switches. Test yours to see if it's working. If it isn't, hit the reset button and try again. If that fails as well, check your breaker. If that doesn't work, it's time to bring in a professional.
Check the Carbon Monoxide Detectors
Carbon monoxide is deadly and is not to be trifled with. They should be checked and even replaced periodically.
Take the time to run through these simple steps, and you can rest easy knowing your home's heating system will be ready for whatever this winter dishes up. Give KBS Heath & Cooling a call today for more information.