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Getting the Heater in Your Lake Helen Home Ready for Winter

In the Lake Helen area, most homeowners are squarely focused on buying a highly efficient air conditioner and getting optimal energy savings while operating it. Even though our cooling season is long and our winters short and mild, that doesn’t mean you can or should ignore your heating system. While our heaters don’t get as much of a workout as homeowners in Chicago, Buffalo or Minneapolis, they still need attention.

Heater in Your Lake Helen Home Ready for Winter

Getting the Heater in Your Lake Helen Home Ready for Winter

Whether you employ a furnace or a heat pump, your system needs inspected. The best way to ensure an efficient, long-lasting heater and a comfortable and safe home is to schedule annual maintenance for the system.

Professional maintenance

When a technician arrives at your home for a maintenance appointment, typically two tasks are involved.

Cleaning

Over time, dirt builds up inside the heater or heat pump, which can eventually lead to a host of problems, including lower operating efficiency, wear and tear, and even system failure. This part of the maintenance service involves a comprehensive cleaning of the system’s components, including:

  • Electrical connections.
  • Blower motor.
  • Fans
  • Gas connections.
  • Vent stack.
  • Chimney flue.
  • Heat exchanger.
  • Coils.
  • Condensate pans.
  • Condensate lines.
  • Refrigerant lines.
  • Thermostat.
  • Compressor.
  • Air handler.
  • Burners.
  • Evaporator.

Inspection

A heater inspection is just as important as the comprehensive cleaning. During the inspection, the technician will be looking for wear and tear on the system and identifying and replacing parts that are worn. If the condensate drain is clogged, for example, it can lead to mold growth in the system and cause it to shut down—not to mention, water damage in the home. Another problem that can occur in heaters, an obstructed vent stack or flue can lead to serious safety hazards, causing noxious carbon monoxide to back up into the home. When gas connections become loose or corroded, the safety of the entire household is at risk.

If the technician encounters any of these scenarios while inspecting the system, he or she will replace old, worn parts, clean corroded connections and remove obstructions where necessary to ensure the system operates safely. Ultimately, addressing these and other problems early on helps to not just ensure safety. It also helps the heater or heat pump system to operate efficiently, lowering your energy bills over the winter. It also ensure that your heating system will last longer. In fact, some experts believe that a well maintained system will last five years longer than a system that isn’t maintained. That’s a pretty significant return on investment.

Heat pump owners

Lake Helen homeowners that use a heat pump should be even more motivated to schedule maintenance before the heating season. That’s because your system has worked overtime during the summer to generate cooled air. It needs care and attention before you switch over to heating to ensure it can operate safely and efficiently.

DIY maintenance

There’s one important step you can take as a homeowner to ensure your heater works well over the winter season, and over its life span. Here’s what you can do:

  • Change the air filter. For your heater or heat pump to operate efficiently, it requires regular filter changes. The standard rule of thumb for changing the filter is to do so every three months. However, you may need to change it more often when you use the system frequently, if you have pets in the home, or if you’re undergoing construction projects that create dust. The best way to tell if you need to change the filter is to visually check it every month or so. When it’s dingy, or you hold it up to the light and can’t see through it, it’s time to change it. You can also purchase devices that connect to the heater that let you know when the filter needs changed. The device tests the rate of airflow through the filter. As airflow decreases due to the buildup of dirt and reaches a certain level, the device “reads” it as full.

To schedule heater maintenance for your system, contact one of the top-notch heater technicians at Jacob Heating & Air Conditioning today!