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HAVE YOUR HEATER INSPECTED BEFORE WINTER!
EFFECTS OF NOT HAVING WINTER MAINTENANCE INSPECTIONS DONE...
The most essential thing you need to do is make sure that your heater is functioning properly before winter starts. This is important because when a cold day or night comes unexpectedly, you do not want to turn on your heater and find that it isn’t working correctly. People fail to realize that a lot of changes or unexpected issues can occur with your heating system during the warm months. It is wise to let Accurate Air, Inc. inspect your heater . In a maintenance inspection, the specialist will check to see if there are any leaks or gases being transferred from your furnace. They will also clean and change filters and make sure that everything is operating correctly.
Here are some of the negative things that can occur if you do not properly have your heater inspected before winter.
1. Possible Carbon Monoxide Leaks. Carbon monoxide is virtually undetectable. It has no smell, taste or color, making this the most dangerous and the deadliest gas that can build up inside your home. Some signs that indicate that you may have Carbon Monoxide Poisoning include: weakness, dull headache, nausea or vomiting, dizziness, shortness of breath, confusion, blurred vision, and loss of consciousness.
2. Gas leaks are another common problem. The two most common types of gases used in furnaces are natural gas and liquid petroleum. If these type of leaks not corrected as soon as possible, there can be fatal consequences. These gases are very explosive so, you shouldn’t ignore them. Exposure to extremely high levels of natural gas can cause loss of consciousness or even death. If a natural gas leak has occurred and is severe, oxygen can be reduced, causing dizziness, fatigue, nausea, headache, and irregular breathing. Gas leaks are more detectable than Carbon Monoxide because they tend to give off a rotten egg smell. There are additives that have been added to these gases in order for them to be easily detected.
3. Risk of fire. If you allow dust and other debris to build up in your heater you will be at a higher risk of having a fire outbreak. If you turn your heater on and you notice that there is a burnt smell coming from it, what you smell is dust from particles that have already been burned last time you used it. You need to regularly inspect, clean and engage in other maintenance procedures for your heater to avoid this type of situation.
4. Expensive Heating bills. From time to time you will need to change the heater’s filter. This is important to do because it collects a lot of dust particles and debris. People often ignore maintenance for the filter but, it is just as vital as anything else. An unclean filter will cause your heater to work harder to produce results. This is bad because more fuel will have to be used and in return it will shorten its lifespan, costing you more money on your utilities. You should buy enough filters to last you for the entire season and change them every 30-90 days depending on your air quality.
5. Loss of Heat. Clean your clogged vents and inspect your ducts. Dirty vents and damaged ducts really put stress on your heating system. Before winter wash the vent covers and check to see that they have not been broken or severely damaged. Inspect your ducts. If your duct is leaking or broken, it will cause you to lose heat before it warms your living areas. Ensure that all your connections to your heater are connected properly before you turn it on.
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WHEN SHOULD I DO FURNACE MAINTENANCE?
The old adage is true: an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure. Accurate Air, Inc. recommends routine maintenance to prolong the efficiency and effectiveness of your heating system. Below you’ll find our Preventative Maintenance Checklist, which is our proven method to keep your system running smoothly and your home in constant comfort.
For a system that heats and cools: perform maintenance in the spring and fall
For cooling system maintenance only: perform maintenance at least once a year, before the cooling season
For furnace maintenance only: perform maintenance at least once a year, before the heating season.
HVAC PREVENTATIVE MAINTENANCE CHECKLIST
Accurate Air, Inc. provides priority service for our customers who have an annual maintenance service agreement. Bi-annual preventative maintenance will ensure that your system runs as efficiently as possible. Our experienced technicians will perform the following tasks, depending on the unit:
~ Inspect unit for proper refrigerant level and adjust if necessary
~ Clean dirt, leaves and debris from inside cabinet
~ Inspect base pan for restricted drain openings—remove obstructions as necessary
~ Inspect coil and cabinet and clean as needed
~ Inspect fan motor and fan blades for wear and damage and lubricate older models as needed
~ Inspect control box, associated controls/accessories, wiring and connections. Controls may include contactors, relays, circuit boards,
capacitors, sump heat and other accessories. All control box and electrical parts should be checked for wear or damage.
~ Inspect compressor and associated tubing for damage
~ Inspect and clean blower assembly (includes blower housing, blower wheel and motor)
~ On older models, lubricate motor and inspect and replace fan belt if needed
~ Check combustion blower housing for lint and debris and clean as necessary
~ Inspect evaporator coil, drain pan and condensate drain lines. Clean as needed
~ Inspect for gas leaks in gas furnaces
~ Inspect burner assembly—clean and adjust as needed
~ Inspect ignition system and safety controls—clean and adjust as needed
~ Inspect heat exchanger or heating elements
~ Inspect flue system—check for proper attachment to the furnace, any dislocated sections, and for signs of corrosion. Replace if necessary.
~ Inspect control box, associated controls, wiring and connections
~ Clean or replace air filters
~ Inspect conditioned airflow system (ductwork)—check for leaks
WHILE YOUR SYSTEM IS OPERATING
~ Monitor system starting characteristics and capabilities
~ Listen for abnormal noise
~ Search for source of unusual odors
~ Monitor air conditioning and heat pump systems for correct refrigerant charge
~ Measure outdoor dry bulb temperature
~ Measure indoor dry and wet bulb temperature
~ Measure high and low side system pressures
~ Monitor gas furnace for correct line and manifold gas pressure—make adjustments as needed
~ Measure temperature rise and adjust airflow as needed
~ Check vent system for proper operation
~ Monitor system for correct line and load volts/amps
~ Monitor system operation per manufacturer's specifications
~ Provide system operation report and recommend repairs or replacement as necessary