There are many ways to maintain your heating system. Chances are good that the system will be running full-time in winter which of course is the most likely time it will break down and require an expensive furnace repair technician to correct the issue. There are several areas in your heating system to take a look at when trouble shooting for efficiency.
Replace The Air Filter
This is the part you typically hear people speaking about most frequently, but so few individuals take the recommendation and do anything about it. When there is a obstruction, you either run the risk of not circulating heat appropriately or possibly starting a fire.When the filter is dirty air will not flow through either which means the unit must work overtime and will also mean a risk of fire. When a furnace works harder, it costs more to operate. You want eliminate any chance of fire. Neither scenario is good for your bank account or your well-being.
Look at the Blower
Look at the blower blades to make sure they are free of crap. A dirty fan will work harder to blow the air around and of course use more energy to maintain the temperature level you set it at. Meaning that the system is overworking and costing extra money to run.
Fire Damper Function
Next, focus on the fire damper to make sure it is running correctly. This will make sure that the fir risk is lowered and the system works more effectively.
The Flex Duct
It is feasible that your ducts have become damaged over the years for different reasons. If a duct has collapsed or become blocked, the system will think that the proper temperature has been reached, which will be false. When this will happen the furnace works harder to do its job but will be incapable to attain the right temperature.
Make Sure The Insulation Is Secure
It is easy to overlook the insulation, but is probably the most typical reason for a system out of order. Be sure to look at the insulation and validate it has never become loose and caused gaps between the ductwork and the exterior. When this has happened furnace works more than required while attempting to reach the best temperature.
Air Ducts Need To Be Sealed
See that your ductwork does not become detached from the next section. Disconnected ductwork will permit warm air to escape and naturally increase the running costs.
Check For Leaks In The Return Air Inlets And The Zone Dampers
Be sure to check that return air intakes are clean and in good condition or your system will be out of balance. Look at your dampers verifying that they are in the right spot. Through the year we could change the positioning of the damper for many reasons (i.e. getting in a tight space or making room for storage). Check to see that the dampers are actually in the right position too.
If these everyday jobs are beyond what you are confident with, it would be wise to hire an area heating repair business licensed for boilers and gas furnaces. You should manage to easily find a good heating company who can handle this for you. The most sage advice we can offer is to set up annual maintenance for that appliance.