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Get Heating Repair Done Before the Warm Season Arrives

As summer rolls in, it’s fairly easy to stash all your winter equipment back in the closet or down in the basement for several months. Out of sight, out of mind, so they say. However, it’s a different situation for home heating. There’s actually no better time than now to check your heating systems for anything that would need to be repaired during the hot summer months.

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A Handy Maintenance Guide for Your Home’s Heating and Cooling System

Your home should be comfortable to live in whether it’s freezing cold or sweltering hot outside. And you can turn your home into a relaxing haven with the help of your heating and cooling system. Aside from providing comfort, the HVAC unit keeps the indoor air quality safe, helping to protect your family’s health.

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What You Need to Know About Heating System Maintenance

Most people don’t think about their home heating system until it breaks down and the temperature inside their home starts to drop. A lot of HVAC system issues emerge unexpectedly, usually when your local technicians cannot cater to your needs or when the weather conditions are bad. That is why you should schedule heating system maintenance once a year.

Failure to determine and prevent problems that may be brewing will shorten the life of your unit. Homeowners who never have their systems serviced by professionals may experience up to 25 percent loss in heating efficiency.

Heating system maintenance and what you can do yourself.

Heating System Maintenance Checklist

What a Homeowner Should Do

The first thing you should do to keep your heating system in perfect shape is to regularly change air filters. We know, you probably have heard this a million times, but we are amazed at how many people fail to change their filters periodically. Dirty filters can reduce airflow which blocks heat from traveling properly through the duct system. Filters should be replaced at least every two months and possibly more often if the system is used constantly during winter.

Make sure the circuit breaker is on and the unit’s switch stays on during the cold season. Inspect the thermostat regularly. The temperature control should be above the present room temperature with the switch set to heat. If set to auto, the fan can run continuously and only blow when the heating system is operating.

What a Technician Does During Maintenance Service

If you have a heat pump an HVAC technician normally checks and replaces the belts, oils moving parts, inspects all wiring and changes filters. Heating system maintenance for a gas-fired system involves checking the heat exchanger, flue, adjusting the burner, oiling the circulating motor and changing filters. For oil-fired boiler systems, expect the technician to clean the flue, change the fuel filter and clean or make adjustments to the fuel jets.

Don’t procrastinate – set up an appointment for your heating system maintenance. Call Brown and Reaves Services today at 843-497-9867, or fill out our short form to schedule a service call to make sure your Myrtle Beach heating system is ready for the winter ahead.

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Heating Repair Strategies That Will Save You Money

Unfortunately, a lot of people wait to invest in heating maintenance once it breaks down in the middle of winter and your teeth are chattering. However, skipping maintenance and upgrades to your climate control system is a waste of money. Your warm air will be slipping out the window along with your money. Rather than taking your chances, investing in your home early and regularly will help maintain its value longer and will reduce costly emergency HVAC house calls.

Here are three simple strategies that will decrease your energy bills and keep you warm during the colder months.

1. Seal
Maybe your furnace or heating system isn’t the problem. Heating repairs can start from the outside in. Proper sealing of your home is one of the best ways to trap the warmth inside and prevent it from leaking through cracks and crevices. Check all windows, doors, and other potential openings to make sure there is a strong seal and no damage that may be allowing excessive airflow. A few places where hidden holes often lie are the attic, crawl spaces, or basement (if you live in an area that has basements). You may want to hire a professional to inspect these areas, as they can be difficult and dangerous to maneuver around on your own. In addition to sealing these hot spots, your ductwork may have leaks as well. Air will not flow properly and can result in uneven heating if there are any holes.

Insulation2. Insulate
Insulation is another problem in many older homes. Fiberglass, which is a popular pink foam-like batting used within many walls, is far less energy efficient than new varieties of insulation. Your furnace, heat pump, ductwork, or boiler may all be working in top form, but you won’t reap the benefits of a warm house and lower energy bills if your insulation is working against you. If possible, consider upgrading to a more economical option. While expensive to install initially, eco-friendly spray foam insulation has a much greater energy rating, resale value, and overall longevity than its older counterparts. It comes with some other great benefits such as soundproofing and built-in pest control.

3. Regular Maintenance
Just because your heater is working now, doesn’t mean it will be running at top performance levels all year long without some maintenance. Many minor heating repair jobs can be done on your own, such as dusting the vents, checking and changing the air filter, and cleaning the outside of the condensing coil. While a little bit of elbow grease on your part is helpful, you’ll still want to have a professional tune up annually, or at the very least every two years, depending on the amount you use your system. Our Myrtle Beach HVAC professionals will inspect all working parts such as the ignition, fan switch, thermostat, ducts, and drains. They will also perform tests, lubricate the machinery for more fluid movement, and top off or change fluids as needed. These small tasks can prevent bigger, more expensive problems from developing in the future.

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