Maintaining your heating equipment ensures it’ll run smoothly the way it should when you need it. Investing your time and money in these seasonal maintenance tasks goes a long way to protect both your home and your HVAC investment. Well-running systems are more energy efficient, so they end up costing you less to run all season long.
In the Anchorage area, homeowners have either gas furnaces or heat pump systems. Both are important to maintain.
The Importance of Maintaining Your Gas Furnace
Gas furnaces should be checked regularly to make sure that the flow of gas is steady and uninterrupted. It is also necessary to check and make sure that the unit is clean and that there are no cracks in the heat exchanger that may cause carbon monoxide leaks. Carbon monoxide is an odorless gas that can make your family sick and can be deadly.
The Importance of Maintaining Your Heat Pump
If you heat pump isn’t working correctly it may be relying on emergency heat to warm your home. You may not realize that is happening until high electric bills catch your attention. A heat pump normally heats your home by running just like you air conditioner, only in reverse. A valve reverses the direction of refrigerant flow to allow the machine heat your home. All electric heat strips then serve as an emergency backup. If the heat pump isn’t working properly your system may revert to heating with heat strips, significantly increasing your bill.
The Importance of Changing Your Filter
Changing your filter during the heating season is just as critical as it is during the cooling season. A dirty filter reduces air flow causing a heat pump to work inefficiently and may shut down the outdoor unit due to high head pressure. A gas heating system with a dirty filter will cause the furnace to overheat and safety switches will turn the unit off. A clean filter is mandatory for proper operation.
Things You Can do:
- Stock up and change your filters every three to six months. If you have pets or allergy issues you may need to change your filters more frequently. Also, be sure to change your filter after having any construction or repair work done in your home.
- Pre-order filters from BlueAir to be delivered and changed during your maintenance visit.
- Vacuum your vents to keep them clear of dust, avoiding extra filter buildup or decreased indoor air quality (IAQ).
Things to Ask Your Technician to do:
- Check your heating system, including all the connections, controls, sensors, ignitor, ducts, burners, valves, motors, thermostat, and smoke/carbon-monoxide detectors.
- Check for carbon monoxide leaks if you have a gas furnace.
Taking care of your HVAC system includes seasonal maintenance. With fall here and cold weather encroaching, it makes good sense to call Alkota at 907-332-5325 now to schedule your fall appointment. Keeping your system in good working order so it’s there when you need it is one of the things we do best!