As soon as I purchased my first home, I realized that it was going to be difficult to take care of all of the appliances. I was worried that some components would fail or that others would simply suffer from neglect. Unfortunately, I had no idea what to do in order to avoid these types of problems. To ward off my worries, I decided to hire a professional HVAC contractor who could help. I was able to find an incredible business in my area who really cared about their products and services. They taught me how to look for problems and how to troubleshoot a lagging system. Check out this blog for more information about protecting your HVAC system.
The furnace in your home needs to be running right and ready for the winter months, or you run the risk of it breaking down when you need it most. Some of the most common failure points are things that can be corrected by a furnace repair company before they leave you without heat if you plan ahead and have the furnace inspected in the fall.
Fuel System Problems
Many furnaces run on number two heating oil, and the fuel systems can clog and gel in the cold. It is essential to check the fuel system in the fall before the weather gets cold enough to cause problems. Have the furnace repair company check the fuel filters and the fuel lines to ensure that they are in good condition, and if they are exposed to the outside, it is often a good idea to insulate those areas.
Adding some kerosene to the fuel tank can also help keep the lines from freezing up, and it may help the furnace burn a little cleaner. The tank is often outside the home on systems that use number two heating oil as fuel. Still, even if it inside, the fuel system should be inspected for issues and the filters changed so that you don't have to worry about trying to get a service call in the winter when the service techs are busy.
Air Filter Issues
Systems that use forced hot air to heat your home are extremely dependent on the air coming into the system, and if the air filters are extremely dirty, the furnace may have trouble drawing in air and can shut down. The furnace repair company can come and replace the filters, but if you take the time to put clean filters in the furnace in the fall, you could avoid this situation entirely.
Clean filters will only stay that way for a month or so, but if you keep more filters on hand, you can change them as needed and keep the furnace pumping out warm air all winter. And the air coming into your home will be clean as well.
Have the furnace repair company check your thermostat when you have them do your fall maintenance. Thermostat failures are pretty common, and if yours stops working, you can not turn the heat on or off. In most cases, the furnace shuts down, and the house starts to get cold if the thermostat is not working.
There are ways to get heat from the system, and replacing the thermostat is not tricky, but its timing can be bad if it happens in the middle of winter when the temperatures are cold.
To learn more about furnace repairs, contact a local HVAC contractor.