It is always a smart idea to schedule your annual maintenance just before we enter the cold winter months. Many homeowners neglect to take this precaution and only call for maintenance once there is a breakdown. This option not only costs you more money in the long-run, but it can also be dangerous. Furnaces and HVAC units are like any other mechanical system. They require periodic maintenance to keep them running smoothly and efficiently.
Temp Pro Mechanical has been servicing Arlington, Texas residents for over a decade. Our highly-trained HVAC technicians will keep your system in top shape and reduce the risk of any failure.
Signs You May Need a Furnace Tune-Up
- The system turns on and off frequently — Could be faulty wiring
- The pilot light is yellow or orange — Pilot light should be blue. This is one of the telltale signs.
- Raising thermostat does not increase heat
- Loud banging noise
- Carbon monoxide detector activates meaning the physical integrity of the unit panels, coils or ductwork is damaged and leaking.
The Benefits of HVAC Maintenance
- Warranty — Many warranties require documented yearly maintenance in order to continue coverage of the unit. Failure to do so could mean an invalid warranty agreement in the future.
- Decrease Wear & Tear — If one part of the system, say the coils for instance, are dirty or frayed then this is true of other parts as well. Cleaning, lubricating or replacing specific parts will ensure a longer-lasting and more efficient system.
- Improve Indoor Air Quality — Replacing filters and vacuuming out dust and soot from the vents means less of those particles are entering the home.
- Saves Money — In the unfortunate case of total failure, it will be much more expensive to replace the HVAC system. Even emergency service during the winter months is more expensive due to higher demand.
Every 8-18 years you need to replace your furnace. Poor maintenance is the primary reason for early replacement and decreased life expectancy. Annual tune-ups and preventative maintenance will ensure you keep your unit running efficiently and extending the service of the unit.
Measures Homeowners Can Take
With furnaces in high use, more frequent maintenance may be required. If you live in a cold region or run the heat more than six months out of the year you should have inspections more often. If you happen to live in an area where there is more dust and debris from construction or farm work you should also look into more frequent cleanings. An excess of debris can clog the ventilation system causing the unit to work harder and possibly overheat.
Keeping these tips in mind, and taking a few simple measures, you will ensure a safe and efficiently run HVAC system for years.