Yes, it’s still summer. But fall is right around the corner and, with it, cold air begins to set in. Make sure your furnace is ready before you get caught with the colder weather and no working furnace.
The end of summer is the perfect time to do a quick furnace checkup. This way, you are prepared and have time to make repairs, if necessary. Do these things to make sure that your Innisfil HVAC system is ready to go when the weather turns frosty.
Check Your Thermostat
Make sure your system turns on with a quick check of your thermostat. Switch to the “heat” setting and adjust the temperature a few degrees above the current room temperature. Listen for your heat to start up. If you don’t hear the familiar sound of your heat connecting, there may be some issues with your system. It could be as simple as the wire connections to your thermostat or the battery. Or it could be something more complex. If you have ruled out simple thermostat issues, you should call a professional furnace repair technician in Innisfil to take a look at your system.
Change Your Air Filters
At the end of a long summer, your air filters no doubt need changing. Although these should be checked every month and cleaned or changed every three months, sometimes we forget. So switching over to your heating system is a perfect time to make sure you begin the season with a fresh air filter. If you have a humidifier attached to your system, this is a perfect time to change that filter as well.
Cover Your AC Condenser
Before inclement weather strikes, make sure your AC condenser is covered. This will protect it and keep it clean while not in use. Make sure it is not so secure that it traps moisture that can freeze and cause harm to the unit.
Test Your Carbon Monoxide Detector
Having an operating carbon monoxide detector is essential for any home with a heating system. Incomplete combustion or cracks or leaks can cause a buildup of carbon monoxide in your home. Properly operating carbon monoxide detectors are important to detect this very dangerous gas.
The following things may be best left to a professional. If you feel ill equipped to get involved in the more complex maintenance issues of your furnace, your local Innisfil HVAC contractor is always available for a preventative inspection.
Clean Your Heat Exchanger
The heat exchanger should be cleaned and vacuumed out before enabling the unit. While doing this, your technician will also be looking for cracks. Cracks in your heat exchanger can lead to dangerous carbon monoxide getting into your home’s air cycle.
Clean And Lubricate The Motor To Your Blower
Some blower motors require lubrication. Your Innisfil furnace repair professional will know whether yours does. If so, during the inspection, he will clean the caps and lubricate the bearings inside.
Test Your Ignition Switch
An older system may require the pilot to be relit. More contemporary systems have electronic ignition switches.
Inspect Your Chimney
Chimneys can harbour unhealthy and dangerous carbon buildup. Your chimney should be inspected periodically and cleaned as needed.
If you are looking for a professional furnace repair contractor in Innisfil, call Quality Heating & Air Conditioning. We have served households in the GTA for years. There is no job too large or small. Call us today to help get your furnace ready for winter.