Fall is finally here and that means it’s time to take care of your furnace! Make sure you schedule a fall inspection before winter sets in. Even if you live in areas where the cold is not so extreme, you still want your furnace to be ready and primed for the cold season.
We reached out to HVAC professionals at Action Air Conditioning, Heating, and Solar from San Diego. They are gearing up to start their fall furnace inspection season and have a few pieces of advice for homeowners. Here are some things you should know.
Fall Inspections Are More Thorough
One of the most important things you should do when it comes to your furnace is have a complete inspection done twice a year. Typically, you want to have the furnace inspected once the heating season is over, as well as in the fall – when the heating season is set to start.
Keep in mind that the fall inspection will be more complex, take more time and will include live test with gas and proper heat test. The technician will also take a look at gas valves, and make sure that there is no leak or any other problems.
Aside from the gas and pipes, your furnace has one more hugely important system, and that’s electrical. The technician will take a look at the wiring, certifying that the electrical components work properly and that the system is not overloading.
Taking a look at the thermostat to ensure that the readings are correct and that the unit in your home is properly connected to the furnace will ensure your comfort during this heating season.
Air Filter Changes Are a Must
No good HVAC inspection is complete without a detailed check of the air filters. Each HVAC system has different requirements and you need to make sure you follow those rules.
Not only are your HVAC air filters important because they keep your air free of dust and other particles, but they also protect the delicate machinery inside your HVAC system from all that dust. Finally, if your air filters are not cleaned or replaced as the manufacturer recommended, your airflow will be reduced, making your furnace work harder for the same effect.
What If HVAC Technicians Find Problems During the Inspection?
Most of the furnace inspections are fairly routine, the technician will check all of the systems, and determine that everything is in order. However, every once in a while, there might be a problem that a tech discovers.
In the case this happens to you, the technician will inform you that the furnace is not to be used before the issue is resolved. This is the reason why most people opt to have their furnace inspection well before the heating season starts. Depending on the issue, the technician will recommend repairing or replacing the part, or even the whole furnace, if the problem is severe.
Cleaning the System
Depending on your heating inspection company, your furnace inspection might also include a thorough cleaning of the whole HVAC system. As you may surmise, cleaning your air ducts is greatly beneficial for the air quality in your home, but there are more reasons to have your HVAC system cleaned.
All of the ducts, burners on your furnace and even the condensate pump can benefit from a cleaning once a year, making sure they will be able to output 100% of their capacity.
If you thought that furnace inspection is irrelevant before, we hope that this article convinced you otherwise – have your furnace optimized and it will serve you better and for longer.