As the weather cools, we no longer need to blast our AC’s with cool air, it’s time to focus on your furnace seasonal maintenance. In Lake Charles, heater maintenance is recommended to ensure your unit will keep you warm all winter long. Here at Ace Air Conditioning & Plumbing, we want to make sure you are well taken care of. So, why do you need preventative maintenance?
What to Expect When you Call Ace
When you schedule your heater maintenance with Ace Air Conditioning & Plumbing, our technicians will go through a checklist to ensure your unit is working properly and at full efficiency. Some of the things that will be checked include:
- Inspect the duct system
- Inspect the ventilation system
- Check the burner & flame sensor
- Check the air filter, clean it, and replace it as needed
- Check for any needed repairs
- And More!
Once the technician is complete, they will consult you with any problems they encountered throughout the checklist.
Benefits of Regular Maintenance
Better Energy Efficiency
The technician will be making sure the system is clean and functioning well with no issues. This means making sure there’s nothing blocking the ventilation system and that the air filter is clean. If your air filter is really dirty, or old, it should be replaced.
By doing so, your system is not wasting energy to heat your desired area. Doing regular maintenance means you’re wasting less energy and money on energy utility bills. It can help prolong the lifespan since you aren’t overworking the heater.
Fewer Service Calls & Repairs
Scheduling tune-ups twice a year is a great benefit for homeowners. The technicians are there to make sure everything is working fine and to see if there are any needed repairs or problems.
When homeowners neglect to schedule maintenance, they’re at high risk of their system breaking down. This would require a service call to Ace Air Conditioning & Plumbing, to come out to look at it.
Scheduling regular maintenance is a detrimental task to do for your HVAC system. Doing this can help technicians find any problems or areas needing repairs.
What Can Homeowners Do?
You can start out by making sure if the filter has been changed recently. It’s important to clean and change the filters every 30-50 days. If you don’t, your heater would have to work harder to heat the surrounding areas leading to high energy bills. Why? The air won’t flow smoothly because it’s blocked by the buildup of dust and other debris, this can lead to a fire hazard due to overheating.
If you are able to; remove and clean the areas such as the air ducts and vents. Vacuum all the dirt and dust. By cleaning the dust and other buildups, you’re reducing the possibility of mold forming. Who wants mold? Not me!
You can begin looking for any air leaks inside your home and cover them to prevent the air from escaping. Also, make sure there’s nothing blocking the ventilation such as boxes, furniture or random items.
Another important thing you should do is protect your unit outside. Now that you aren’t using cool air, you can cover the unit with some wooden boards to protect the unit against hail, falling leaves or branches and anything else from the outdoors. Here’s a tip: do NOT use plastic tarps. This can trap moisture inside and rust your unit over time.
If you’re in need of Lake Charles heater maintenance or want more information on how to prolong the life of your HVAC system, contact Ace Air Conditioning & Plumbing! The technicians at Ace are trained professionals and have years of experience. We can guarantee excellent services and give efficient results so you won’t have to worry about your HVAC system breaking down during any season!