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Why you Need to Inspect the Filter

Why you Need to Inspect the Filter


The filter for the HVAC system will always need to be inspected on a regular basis. Doing so will help to make sure that the furnace is always working as it should be. If you are not sure how often the filter should be inspected, always make sure to ask us. We can advise you on the appropriate schedule, and when it should be changed. You should check the filter regularly, but make sure to change it when you should as well. Over time, dust and dirt can get in the filter and it will result in it becoming clogged. If you have any questions about a filter, make sure to contact us so we can inspect the filter and advise you.

When you have animals or pets in the home, you will want to make sure that the filter is inspected, cleaned, and replaced regularly. Doing so will help reduce the chance of pet hair or pet dander from circulating through the home. When you have more than one pet, you will want to change the filter on a more frequent basis. If you have anyone in your home that suffers from pet allergies, you will want the filter to be changed regularly. If you are not sure how often this should be done, we can recommend a schedule based on your home.

Asthma is another good reason to keep filter maintenance up to date. Anyone who suffers from asthma will be more prone to any dirt and dust that are in the air of your home. When you have allergies, even the slightest movement of dirt and dust can affect your breathing and how you feel. You may also notice itchy or watering eyes, or problems with a dry throat.

A Properly Maintained Furnace can keep the home Heated better

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When you want to keep the furnace working efficiently, make sure it is properly maintained. If you ignore regular maintenance, you will increase the chance of furnace failure. Contact us and we will schedule a time we can inspect the full HVAC and furnace system. Having all the parts checked will help ensure they are in the best condition possible. It will also help to confirm they are working as they should be. If you ever notice something odd with the system, or not heating correctly, contact us. The issue will not get better without proper repair. The last thing you want this winter is for the furnace to go out on a cold day.

 

The ductwork should also be inspected and cleaned. When the ductwork is full of dirt, dust, and other particles, it can affect how it operates. Over time insects, rodents, dust, and even pet dander can collect in the ductwork. If it is not cleaned out properly, the heat will not be able to pass through the ductwork efficiently. This will produce less heat coming out of the vents of your home as well. If you can see dirt and debris in the ductwork through the vents, chances are it is even worth the further the ductwork goes. Having it cleaned is also a great time to have it inspected for any damage. If there are cracks, punctures, or holes in the ductwork, the heat can leak out of there. This causes the furnace to work harder than it should.

 

Remember to change the filter regularly. This helps remove particles from the air. It will then reduce them from going through the furnace system, and back into the air of your home again. If you are not sure when the filter should be cleaned, we can recommend when it should be done.

Efficient Heating in the Winter

 

During the winter, you will want your home to be warm and comfortable. To help ensure it is always operating the best, make sure that you have us inspected it on a regular basis. Maintenance is required to have the furnace system and parts operating, as they should be. If the furnace system is not maintained, you will notice a few issues with the heating. The first sign may be an expensive monthly energy bill. This would be caused by the system working too long to produce the desired heat in your home. If you notice any changes in your energy bill, make sure to contact us. That way we can inspect the furnace for you.

 

The ductwork should also be inspected. Over time, there can be a build up of dirt, dust, and debris. You should look inside the vents or registers. If you can see a build up of dust, there probably is more, further back. Cleaning this out will help the furnace to be more efficient and to move the warm air through your home. Also have the ductwork checked over for any cracks, puncture marks, or damage. This would allow heat to escape, also making the furnace work harder.

 

The thermostat should also be inspected for any problems. One common issue is if the actual temperature is different than the set temperature. The thermostat could malfunction, not sending the proper readings to your furnace. If the connection is not working properly, then this could result in the furnace operating longer. It would constantly be operating to keep the home at the desired temperature that you have the thermostat set at. Also make sure that the thermostat is efficient. If you have an older one, you may want to invest in a programmable thermostat.

Noticing Issues with the Furnace

 

Your furnace should always be properly maintained and inspected. Doing so will help keep it working properly and efficiently during the cold winter months. If there is an issue, you will want to have the furnace fixed as soon as possible. Ignoring a problem will only lead to a more costly repair bill when it finally is fixed. You will also increase the chance that other parts become damaged in the process as well. When one part does not work, it can damage other parts because those may have to work harder.

 

Be aware of any odd noises that you might hear. This can include grinding, squealing, or even humming noises. They all can be indications of an issue. The furnace should operate at almost unnoticeable levels. If you notice any odd or loud noises, make sure to contact us. We can come and inspect the furnace system for you. This will help to keep it operating as long as possible. If you are not sure how often maintenance should be done, contact us. We will be able to recommend a schedule of when your furnace should be inspected and maintained.

 

As always, you will want to make sure that you inspect the filter regularly as well. This will help you to notice when the filter is clogged or full of dirt and dust. When the filter becomes clogged with dirt and dust, you will then notice the system is no longer efficient. Make sure that you also change the filter based on the recommended schedule. Doing so will always make sure that you have the best air flow possible through the system. If you are not sure what size filter you need, contact us. Having the right size is important for the furnace to operate.

Furnace issues to be Aware of

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Furnace issues can vary in seriousness. No matter what issue you notice, make sure to schedule an appointment. We can come and look at the furnace. This way we can repair it before a larger issue develops. Even if you might think it is nothing, it is always best to have it looked at.

Change the filter

Dirty filters may not seem like a big concern, but they are extremely significant for the efficiency and performance of your furnace. Since the air in your home is constantly flowing through your air filter, dirt and dust is picked up every time the system is running. These airborne particulates can quickly clog the filter, affecting both airflow and air quality. When that happens, your furnace will find it more difficult to work efficiently. In fact, clogged filters may even cause the system to shut down. This is a safety mechanism on newer systems to prevent further damage to the system due to dirty air and lack of airflow. If your furnace won’t start, the first thing you want to check is the air filter. Often, just by cleaning or replacing your air filter, you can get the system running again.

Check the pilot light

When the pilot light electric ignition goes out, it can be an issue. When these parts get damaged, it will be difficult to keep your home or business warm. So be aware and seek the help of professionals once you encounter problems. Remember, a malfunctioning pilot light may be caused by thermocouple issues, drafts, or clogs in the heating system. In order to maintain an efficient furnace, you will want to make sure your pilot light is healthy. If you smell gas, turn off your HVAC system, evacuate the home, and call your local gas company.

Properly working thermostat

A faulty thermostat may lead to problems with the furnace’s fan or may also affect your home’s comfort levels. The furnace may not be able to warm up your home when the thermostat is not working. You may need to change the batteries. To avoid false reading, make sure your thermostat is located away from all heat sources. This includes direct sunlight, heating vents, cooking equipment, space heaters, and lamps. If you need to relocate your thermostat, contact us.

If your furnace turns on and off quite too frequently, it may indicate a clogged filter. It may also mean a wrong thermostat setting or improper airflow. After checking things like dirty air filter and thermostat settings, have us check the appliance for you. If your furnace’s blower continuously runs, there may be a problem with the limit switch. If the problem is confirmed, that part should be replaced immediately. Furnace issues should always be taken seriously, so make sure to contact us.

Furnace Maintenance for your Furnace

Each winter, countless homeowners will experience issues with their furnaces when the cold air sets in, and then will be in for a headache, as well as expensive costs of replacement in some instances. There are several benefits to keeping up with furnace maintenance and cleaning. You will want to make sure to contact us… Continue Reading

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