A few months ago, my air conditioner completely died. I woke up in the middle of the night covered in sweat, and I didn't know what to do. The next day, I called an HVAC expert, and they came out to inspect my system. It turned out that it had failed because of filthy filters and a clogged return duct, which made me sick to my stomach. I had caused the problem, and I needed to learn how to fix things. My HVAC professional taught me a few easy maintenance techniques that I didn't know before, so that I could maintain my new system. Check out this blog to learn more about HVAC yourself.
One of the scariest issues you could experience in winter is your home not having any heat. If your home doesn't have heat, you could get cold of course, but if your home gets too cold, pipes will begin to freeze. When your pipes freeze, you'll have a mess of water and pipes that will need to be repaired. All of these things would have occurred because of your furnace breaking down. To help prevent this from happening, you need to properly maintain your system. Read on for winter maintenance tips for your furnace.
Clean Your Vents
Make sure your vents are all clean and free of debris and clogs that can prevent a proper flow of air to your home. Wash the vents in your home, as they can build up with dust and other debris over time. Be sure to also vacuum the inside of the vents using a shop vacuum or your vacuum with the extension attachment. You should clean out your vents at least once per year, or more often if you have a lot of people in your home, or you have pets and a lot of dander.
Change The Air Filter
The air filter in your system may not seem like it would be a big deal if you didn't change it for a while, but not changing the filter can cause you big problems with your HVAC systems. A clogged air filter that doesn't allow air through can cause your system to shut down. It's an easy task that can prevent a breakdown, so it's one you definitely shouldn't forget to do. Changing the air filter can be done by anyone, and it's not that expensive, but it could be costly if you forget to do it. Remember to change your air filter every few months.
Clean Your System
You should keep your furnace clean as well. The same debris in your vents and in your air filter is going to find its way into your system as well. Clean your furnace using your shop vacuum or vacuum extension hose to remove all of the dirt and debris clogged inside your system. This debris can cause a problem for the moving parts of your system, shutting down your system entirely.
These are just a few of the maintenance tasks you should be doing throughout winter to prevent a breakdown of your system that would leave you and your home cold. Call a professional HVAC company if you end up with a breakdown or to have these and other maintenance tasks done for you.Share
11 December 2019