Winter is just about six weeks away, which means it’s essential that Bay Area homeowners make sure your furnace is in good working order. Nothing is worse than waking up to a cold morning, only to find that your heat system isn’t functioning properly. At Ortiz Heating & Air Conditioning, we want to help homeowners in San Francisco, San Mateo, Hayward, and other nearby cities stay comfortable this winter season, without mechanical difficulties or even failure of your heating system.
Below we’ve provided a few tips to help ensure your furnace survives the coming winter months:
First, understand that furnaces are equipment that need check-ups and maintenance, just like any other equipment. Furnaces are typically installed in a basement, attic, or closet. No matter where yours is installed, it’s important not to ignore it and hope it will continue operating properly.
Having your furnace inspected on a regular basis is critical to optimal performance, energy efficiency, and the life of your heating system.
What should you look for to ensure efficient, safe operation?
First of all, be sure you do NOT store cleaning supplies, paint, or other potentially flammable substance in close proximity to your heating system. This is a fire risk, and evaporation of some of these chemicals can actually corrode components inside your furnace.
If you notice strange noises, check for water around the boiler portion of your furnace. Even the smallest drip can cause costly and substantial problems, so make sure the area around your furnace is free of debris.
Gas provides warmth, but dangerous carbon monoxide is odorless and potentially dangerous. Be sure you have a carbon monoxide detector installed near the furnace, and make sure it is working properly.
Boiler water pressure should be about 12 or 15 PSI, so be sure to check this occasionally.
Hiring a professional San Francisco furnace maintenance professional. Hiring a licensed and certified heating and cooling technician to check out your furnace is far more cost effective than major repairs or even replacement. Have your furnace inspected every year to check its operation, and determine if any components need repair or replacement.
At Ortiz Heating & A/C, our Bay Area heating and cooling professionals want homeowners in the area to enjoy a warm, comfortable home this winter that is both energy efficient, and safe for your family. Call us today to have your furnace checked out!