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Winter is Coming. Is Your HVAC System Ready?

FrozenHVACWith the shift in temperatures the fall season introduces, proper maintenance of home heating and air conditioning systems becomes a concern for homeowners. In Oklahoma, odds are most HVAC systems have been exclusively set to “cool” since the early spring months, meaning a dramatic shift in how residential systems will soon operate as the outdoor temperatures begin to fall.

Maintaining your equipment to prevent future problems and unwanted costs, and keep your cooling and heating system at peak performance is a smart – if not imperative – thing to do as the fall and winter months approach. Contractors get busy once winter is in full swing, so it’s best to check heating systems in the early fall, so that any potential issues can be addressed in a timely manner.

A typical maintenance check-up should include the following:

  • A complete check of thermostat settings to ensure the cooling and heating system keeps you comfortable when you are home and saves energy while you are away.
  • Tightening of all electrical connections and a measurement of voltage and current on motors to ensure all moving parts are operating at their optimal specifications. Faulty electrical connections can cause unsafe operation of your system as well as reduce the life of major components.
  • Lubrication of all moving parts is another vital and often overlooked part of preventative maintenance. Just like changing the oil in a car, HVAC systems also require proper lubrication to prevent friction in motors that increases the amount of electricity systems use.
  • Inspection of the condensate drain in your central air conditioner, furnace and/or heat pump (when in cooling mode) helps prevent possible water damage in the house and ensure proper indoor humidity levels.
  • A general check of all system controls ensures proper and safe operation. Check the starting cycle of the equipment will assure the system starts, operates, and shuts off properly.
  • A thorough check of all gas (or oil) connections, gas pressure, burner combustion and heat exchanger ensures systems aren’t potential fire hazards and don’t contribute to health problems. A dirty burner or cracked heat exchanger causes improper burner operation. Either can cause the equipment to operate less safely and efficiently.
  • Inspection, cleaning, or replacement of air filters is a vital part of preventative maintenance. A dirty filter can increase energy costs and damage your equipment, leading to early failure. Intakes should be inspected for cleanliness and any potential leaks.

To schedule a preventative maintenance checkup, contact Advent Heat, Air and Plumbing today!