Tuesday, December 29, 2020

The Importance of Heating Maintenance


Furnace or heat pump maintenance performed on the appropriate schedule can prevent costly repairs by as much as a whopping 95%! You'll also lengthen the life of your system, keep your home safer by preventing frozen pipes (or the opposite, fire hazards), keep your equipment under warranty, improve indoor air quality, create a comfortable home environment, and save up to 30% on utility bills. Fully operational heaters also have a less negative environmental impact.


What Occurs During a Maintenance Visit?


Central Furnaces 

If you have a central furnace, our maintenance visit will generally consist of these steps:

  • Check and calibrate the thermostat
  • Take temperature readings and ensure the furnace heats to the desired thermostat setting 
  • Ensure the motors and bearings are lubricated
  • Change the air filter if needed and advise you on a replacement schedule
  • Make sure the voltage and amp-draw are correct
  • Inspect the gas line and flue pipe
  • Ensure the pilot light assembly is working correctly
  • Check the safety controls
  • Remove and clean the burners
  • Inspect the heat exchanger for wear and tear or cracks
  • Make sure there are no loose panels
  • Check the fan switch
  • Replace any worn belts
  • Check pulleys and replace them if needed
  • Inspect ducting for blockages, debris, and general condition 


Heat Pumps

A heat pump should also receive maintenance before the colder season begins. Our heating maintenance checklist for heat pumps includes the following:

  • Bring refrigerant to the proper level
  • Clean the condenser coil in the outside condensing unit
  • Oil the outdoor fan motor and check balance
  • Check the temperature sensors
  • Inspect electrical wiring and components
  • Check the amperage of electrical parts  
  • Flush the condensate drain line
  • Clean the evaporator coil and drain pan 
  • Lubricate the blower motor
  • Replace the air filter if needed
  • And more, depending on your system


Trust the Pros for Heating Maintenance in Valparaiso, IN and surrounding areas

Nothing brings that warm, cozy feeling to your home like an efficiently performing heater. Contact Kent Heating and Air Conditioning, Inc. to schedule your heat pump or furnace service appointment. You will stay toasty all winter season!

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