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Heating System Maintenance: A Necessary Homeowner’s Chore

Heating system maintenance is a must if you want your heating system to run optimally and last for years. You will have to conduct some routine maintenance on your heating system. Faulty settings, dirty filters and clogged duct work can all wreck havoc on the efficiency and operation of a heating system. Regardless of whether you have a heat pump or some other furnace type in place, you should replace the filters on a monthly basis and have a certified quality inspector like Brown and Reaves Services, Inc., come out once a year to test your heating system. Failure to maintain your heating system could result in high repair costs and even dangerous situations for your family.

Heating system maintenance should be done now, buefore you turn you heat on.Top preventative maintenance you should conduct on your heating system includes lubricating applicable moving parts in the system; cleaning the air filters, motors, fan and burners; testing for carbon monoxide leaks; and inspecting the blower, fan belt, safety controls, duct work and the thermostat.

Carbon monoxide testing is essential as some heat exchangers have the possibility of releasing carbon monoxide gas. This gas is poisonous and undetectable so if you were sleeping and this gas was released, you might never wake up. Heat exchanger surfaces can collect dust and other debris which might hinder its operation so it is important to vacuum and dust the surface a few times a year. If possible, have a qualified HVAC inspector check the exchanger and the rest of the system now, before using the heater for the first time this season. At this time, we’ll even oil necessary parts and check the fan belt for you.

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The fan belt drive for the blower in your heating system should also be inspected yearly. This is an easy task for even the most hesitant do-it-yourselfer. While a frayed fan belt is not a danger to you or the furnace’s operation, it does reduce efficiency. Therefore, it is important to replace a frayed belt as soon as possible to increase efficiency and reduce the threat of the belt splitting apart.

Another maintenance task to consider for your heating system is checking and replacing the filters as needed. It is best to check them once a month. Some filters are reusable and require that you wash out the dust accumulation and then dry it before placing it back in the cold air return. With disposable filters, you can toss the dirty one and replace it with a new one so you can ensure the dust and allergens released into the air by the heating system are kept to a minimum.

Lubrication at key points in the heating system is essential to quiet operation of the unit. Plus, it will increase the life span as well and reduce eventual repair costs. Lubrication reduces strain on the motor because the parts are not sticking or laboring.

Proper heating system maintenance is a necessary homeowner’s chore. If you want your heating system to last for years with minimal repairs, maintain the system or hire a qualified technician. Call us today before you need to turn on the heat. Brown and Reaves Services, Inc., 843-497-9867. Don’t forget to LIKE US on Facebook and grab your 20% off discount coupon on your next service call.

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