If you live in the San Francisco Bay Areas (San Mateo, Hayward, or anywhere in the East Bay) it’s important to be sure your heating system is properly prepared for winter – after all, fall is here, and winter comes quickly on its heels. At Ortiz Heating & A/C, we have a few tips to help ensure your heating system is in good working order so that you can enjoy a comfortable home this winter and avoid unexpected (and unpleasant) surprises.
Keeping a furnace in good condition really isn’t all that complicated; in fact, it’s pretty simple. By taking the precautions suggested below, you can prevent costly problems and ensure your system performs efficiently. Carbon monoxide poisoning is another issue you want to avoid, so do the following:
- Look for any corrosion or other damage to wiring, and make repairs
- Check filters and replace or clean, depending on the type of filter you have
- Remove the blower wheel and inspect it for debris; if needed, give it a cleaning
- Closely inspect the ventilation of your HVAC system, looking for any blockages or leaks
- Examine the burners on your furnace for flame quality and to ensure it ignites properly
- Test gas pressure
- Inspect the grills and fresh air intake louvers to ensure there are no blockages; remove any you find
- Check to ensure the seal on the blower access door is in good condition
- Look for rust or corrosion on the heat exchanger
Many of these things you can do yourself; for others you don’t feel comfortable with, contact your San Francisco Bay Area HVAC contractor.
Most of the time, furnace malfunctions can be attributed to lack of or poor maintenance. If you haven’t yet taken the time to check out your heating system or have a professional do it for you, don’t wait too long! It may be time for a tune up, or to schedule a fall inspection to make sure your heating system keeps your family warm, comfortable, and safe all season long. Contact the Bay Area heating installation and maintenance professionals at Ortiz Heating & Air today for outstanding service and products.