You don’t always know something is wrong with a system or a part of your property until it’s too late. For example, you might not know a tire has gone bad until it blows out while driving. You may not realize the roof is developing a leak until it rains. These are things you want to prevent as much as possible, and for the most part, you can. Most people take their cars into the mechanic for regular inspections and tune-ups and many clean out their gutters while checking for leaks in the spring and before storms.
All of the investments within your home deserve the same level of care. When you have a heating system, you may assume it’s working properly if it was running just fine last year. But as with a leaky roof or a worn-down tire, sometimes you cannot tell until something goes wrong. That’s just one of the reasons it’s so important to check your furnace early on in the season.
Check the Filter and Thermostat
The air filter is something that should be checked every month and changed every 3 months, at least. Otherwise, the filter can get clocked up with dirt, enough to block air from flowing into the system. While this may not seem like such a big deal, it can result in a dangerous lack of airflow that causes the system to malfunction or overheat.
You should also make sure that the thermostat is set properly, or at least that the heater functions when you turn it on. This should be done well before the heating season, so you know whether you’ll have to call in a technician for repairs.
Schedule Professional Maintenance
Checking the thermostat and filter before the season begins is an important step in furnace maintenance, but that’s not all you should be doing. Most parts of the thermostat that need to be checked or fine-tuned are parts only a professional can service.
Routine professional maintenance is a service offered by most heating technicians. It includes a thorough inspection of your system, along with a cleaning and tune-up.
How This Keeps You Safe
We’ll be the first to tell you that today’s heating systems are safer than ever before. They have many safety switches in place to stop flue gases from leaking and other potential risks. Still, that doesn’t make you 100% safe.
Routine maintenance before the season means checking valves, the flue vent, the gas connections, and more. You’ll be told if you need to upgrade a component for your own safety, but if not, you’ll have the peace of mind of knowing it’s operating safely.
How This Saves You Money
The real reason many people schedule routine maintenance is also important: saving money. You can save a lot of money by having burners cleaned, small parts upgraded, and repairs made in a timely manner. You likely won’t have to worry about repairs throughout the heating season. If it does turn out you need repairs, you can get them taken care of early on, which tends to cost less than an emergency repair. Plus, heating maintenance helps you to save energy and fuel!
For maintenance or furnace repair in Colorado Springs, CO, you can always reach out to the team at Robbins Heating & Air Conditioning.