With the coming of a new season, we always suggest that homeowners have their entire HVAC and electrical systems checked over with some routine maintenance. “Maintenance check” are the two magic words that will get an HVAC professional to check your entire home and give you some peace of mind that everything’s in working order.
Of course, we don’t want you to forget anything during this check. We’ve made a list of some of the devices and systems that people sometimes forget to have checked when the new season arrives.
Whole-House Generator Maintenance
We can’t think of a worse situation than your home’s generator falling into disrepair and failing to perform in the middle of the cold season. We urge every generator-owning homeowner to have their generator checked at this time.
One of the biggest reasons for generator failure comes from dead batteries. If the generator hasn’t been started in a long time, there’s an increased chance that the battery has lost its charge or may even need to be replaced altogether. You’ll also want to make sure there are no cracks in any of the fuel or coolant lines.
Carbon Monoxide Detector Testing
Any of your gas-using appliances are at risk of developing carbon monoxide leaks. Anything that’s powered by internal combustion runs this risk. Since carbon monoxide is a colorless and odorless gas, your only way to defend against this threat is with a set of carbon monoxide detectors.
Testing your carbon monoxide detector should be straight-forward enough since most of them have a testing button. If you’re unsure of how to perform the test properly, consult the instruction manual or give us a call and we’ll be happy to give you some free advice.
Replacing Air Filter and Purifier Components
Air filters and purifiers are needed more than ever during the cold season when our body’s immune systems are lowered. Unfortunately, the components in these devices will wear-out over time.
With filters, it should be a given that the filter will eventually get clogged and need replacing. As for air purifiers, however, it’s less obvious that they’ll require an annual inspection to ensure that they’re still operating properly. Such is the case with UV air purifiers, which require a new UV light bulb about once per year.
Gas Fireplace Maintenance
Most HVAC companies out there are urging you to have your furnace checked. And we agree entirely. But we also want to remind homeowners that gas fireplaces require the same kind of maintenance.
For those who love the appeal of fireplaces but can’t quite get into the idea of cutting their own wood and dealing with all the cleanup, gas fireplaces provide a popular and low-maintenance alternative. Although these fireplaces won’t require nearly as much prep and cleanup work as a wooden fireplace, they do have many of the same components that are found in a gas furnace. These components can produce their own set of problems if not properly maintained.
- It won’t turn on.
- It lights but doesn’t stay on.
- It’s giving off strange smells or odors.
If you’re noticing any of these symptoms, give a trustworthy fireplace repair service in New City a call.