2020 is quickly coming to an end, and temperatures outside are dropping faster than we can say, “ho, ho, ho!” Every year, no matter how old or new your furnace unit is, it’s a good idea to do a checkup to make sure everything is in working order. If you don’t, you could potentially miss red flags that would warn you before the furnace goes out. The last thing you’d want to happen – especially in a year like this one – would be for the furnace to quit working when it gets frigid outside. Here are 4 tips to help get your furnace unit ready for winter.
1. Turn on your thermostat.
Yep – it’s as simple as that! Make the switch from “cooling” to “heating.” Then, turn the temperature up one or two degrees from where it currently is. If you don’t hear the furnace “kick on” within a 60-90 seconds, pull off the cover and inspect it more closely. Better yet, call a technician from SAMS Heating and Air Conditioning to help you out.
2. Have your air filters changed on a regular basis.
Did you know that dirty filters are one of the main reasons why furnaces stop working? Cleaning or replacing your filters regularly keeps particles from building up within your HVAC system and can actually prolong your system’s life. It’s important to make sure you’re taking care of your furnace regularly to ensure it’s running at its fullest potential (and most cost-efficiently, too). Take a look at your walls and ceilings. You probably have air filters behind a vent grill in the wall or ceiling, or a single filter in the HVAC system itself. Change these filters every few months and breathe easier – literally and figuratively.
3. Call a SAMS Heating and Air Conditioning technician to clean the blower motor and inspect the heat exchanger.
If you don’t know the answer off the top of your head, check your system’s manual to see if your motor is the kind that needs lubricating. Don’t worry – we know it can be intimidating to be faced with difficult-to-understand words. This YouTube video is very helpful in showcasing the different parts of a furnace. Keep in mind, each make and model may be slightly different. However, this gives a good basic overview. For any assistance, as always, please feel free to reach out to SAMS Heating and Air Conditioning and one of our associates will be more than happy to assist you over the phone or in person.
4. Inspect the chimney and carbon monoxide detectors.
Chimneys can house carbon buildup or even small animals. “A professional should inspect them on a regular basis to make sure there are no problems (or pests) hiding within your chimney. You should also test or replace your carbon monoxide detectors on a routine basis, since they protect you and your family from the “silent killer.”
For any and all HVAC needs, give us a call here at SAMS Heating and Air Conditioning. We are proud to have served Michiana since 2002, and would love to assist you with any furnace unit issues that may arise this season. We can be reached at (269) 663-5700 or (574) 255-9184. Let us make you our next happy customer!