No one wants to wake up cold in the middle of the night. If your furnace has stopped working, it can be uncomfortable—and even dangerous for your family.
But there are steps you can take today to help to prevent potential future repairs. Take a look at this list to see what you can be doing for proper care and maintenance of your HVAC system:
1. Replace/Clean Your Air Filter Regularly
Dirty air isn’t great for our health and is especially troublesome for those with allergies; and often times, that dirty air can be prevented with one think: a clean air filter. When your air filter is dirty, your system has to run harder—and that’s not great for longevity or for preventing issues.
A dirty air filter will also increase your heating and cooling costs and it reduces the life of your blower motor and coils. If you want to prevent future issues, changing your air filter is one of the first things you need to stay on top of.
2. Keep up with Preventative Maintenance
Proper HVAC maintenance, including your tune-ups and changing out your air filters, is critical for comfort but for the longevity of your HVAC, plus we’re able to sometimes spot issues when their small, so we can solve the problem before it becomes a larger issue.
For most homeowners, tune-ups will happen twice a year, and if we do see anything that needs to be repaired or replaced, we’re able to share that with you during those tune-ups. (And, if you enroll in annual preventative maintenance plan, you not only save but you don’t have to worry about the maintenance getting done or not!)
3. Watch Your Vents
You want your airflow and circulation working in your favor, so unless you’ve been told otherwise by a professional, don’t close off more than 20 percent of your home’s registers. If you do, you can drastically change the air flow in your home and that can also put strain on your system’s ability to work properly.
4. Keep the Area Around Your Furnace Clean
Make sure your furnace isn’t being obstructed by things like boxes or furniture. Whether it’s a toy or something that’s just been accidentally moved right by the furnace, large objects can end up blocking the return air grilles, which means the furnace will struggle to do its job.
5. Call Us If You Suspect Something Is Wrong with Your System
Do you think you’re having ignition problems? Or maybe strange noises? Or do you think the furnace is short cycling?
Don’t ignore issues that could signal something is wrong with your system. If you ignore signs that something is defective or not working properly, it could put your family at risk, safety-wise, and of course, it could become a larger, more expensive issue to fix.
Need a Furnace Repair? Call Greater Comfort Heating & Air Conditioning Today
As you can tell, the steps described here make sure you aren’t putting any unnecessary strain on your HVAC system when you don’t have to. Many people are surprised to learn that proper maintenance can go a long way in preventing furnace issues—but it’s true.
We take pride in being your go-to resource for dependable HVAC service and repair, support, and regular maintenance. Know that you can enroll in our Preventative Maintenance Program and you’ll save—plus you won’t have to worry that your regular, ongoing maintenance gets done.