When winter rolls around and the weather turns cold, the last thing you want is to have a problem with your HVAC system. If something goes wrong anytime of year, it’s a hassle to bring in a technician to fix the problem, but it’ll be infinitely worse if your home is freezing cold while you’re waiting for someone to fix the problem. The best thing to do is to get your HVAC system checked out before winter hits so any potential issues are taken care of ahead of time. Here are five repairs you should get done before winter arrives.
Clean the furnace
This isn’t a repair as much as it’s something that just needs to get done. Replacing the air filter, of course, is important, but so is dusting and vacuuming away any dust and debris around the furnace itself. This seems like a minor task, but it can help ensure that your furnace is running efficiently throughout the winter and that the air being blown into your home is clean.
Failing ignition? Fix it
The electronic ignition on a furnace can fail for any number of reasons and can mean that your furnace won’t turn on even if everything else is in good shape. If you have preventive maintenance performed on your HVAC system prior to winter, this will be something that the technician will be able to notice and fix before the weather gets cold and you need your furnace. If not, when that first cold night hits, you’ll be wondering why your home isn’t warming up.
If your system has a refrigerant leak, the level of the refrigerant may drop, preventing your home from warming up. It’s also possible for low levels of refrigerant to cause the efficiency of your air conditioner to drop, so this is a problem that could affect you during the summer months as well. Any drop in the efficiency of your HVAC system could be caused by low refrigerant levels. A technician will be able to find the leak, seal it, and get your refrigerant back to its proper level without much of a problem. But if you don’t get this taken care of before winter hits, you’ll find it more difficult to heat up your home.
Inspect gas line
It may be beneficial to check your gas line and pipes during routine maintenance before the weather starts to get cold. If there are leaks in the pipes or not all of them are properly fastened, you’ll definitely want the problem fixed before you start to need your furnace on a daily basis. If your burner doesn’t ignite, it’s possible that gas isn’t flowing to it the way it should. Obviously, this will require professional help, and you’ll want to get that help long before winter sets in.
Repair that broken pilot light
A broken pilot light is another issue that could keep your furnace from working. If the light isn’t staying on, you may not have hot air flowing into your home. It’s not a huge problem for a technician to fix, but if it’s a problem that isn’t taken care of before winter sets in, you’ll be left scrambling to get it fixed before it gets too cold out.
Contact AAA Heating and Air today to learn more about preparing your HVAC system for the winter.