Did you know that many of the most common causes of a home heating system breakdown is preventable? Often times the reason for a breakdown comes down to a lack of regular maintenance on your HVAC system or neglecting to take care of problems in a timely manner.
We want you to have the information you need to minimize the likelihood of your system breaking down this season, so today we’re going to talk about how to prevent a HVAC system breakdown this winter in your Coachella Valley home!
How to prevent a furnace breakdown this winter
- Schedule a tune-up if you haven’t already. Winter has already begun, but it’s never too late to schedule a tune-up for your home heating system. Getting a professional tune-up from Hyde’s is the absolute best way to prevent your furnace from breaking down this winter. That’s because a tune-up is when we perform required annual maintenance tasks that bring you system back up to its peak performance levels. We’ll also inspect your system for any existing problems that might cause a breakdown later on this season.
- Check and/or change your air filter every month. You’d be surprised how many HVAC system breakdowns stem from a clogged air filter. When your filter is clogged with dirt and debris, air cannot flow freely through your heating or cooling system. As a result, your air handler must work extremely hard to push air through your filter, which can lead to pressure problems in your ducts and cause your air handler to break. Insufficient airflow can also cause your system to overheat internally and shut down, in addition to other problems. All of these problems can easily be prevented by checking your air filter every month and replacing it with a new filter when it’s clogged.
- Keep all your air vents open and clear. Your furnace is sized to provide heated air to every room in your home while it is operating. If any of your room’s vents are closed or blocked, the air that’s intended for those rooms will build up inside of your ducts. This creates pressure problems in your ducts that can put added stress on some of your furnace’s vital components and lead to a system breakdown. To avoid this, make sure that all of your room’s vents are completely open and clear of obstructions like beds, side tables and other furniture.
- Trust your gut and call when you suspect problems. Although some HVAC system problems are difficult to detect, often times your system will give off some warning signs that you should not ignore. For example, your furnace might be operating louder than usual or giving off a strange smell. Or you might notice that your system is short cycling or that the air coming out of your vents is not sufficiently warm. If you sense that something is wrong with your system, it’s best to be on the safe side and give us a call. It would be better to catch a problem early while it’s still small than to let the problem linger and get worse (and more expensive to repair) with time.
- Replace an old and inefficient system. A well-maintained home heating system can last somewhere between 15-20 years. When your system begins to get that old, you should start to consider replacing it. There is no sense in waiting until your current system breaks down before replacing it with a new one. By being proactive about your furnace replacement, you won’t have to spend any time without heat and you’ll have a much more efficient system to heat your home this winter.
Consider a Heat Pump when you need to Replace Your Home Heating System
Heat pumps offer a different solution for heating and cooling your home and have been quickly growing in popularity, especially in warmer climates like here in Southern California. Districts within the Coachella Valley area have placed restrictions on furnace emissions and which refrigerants can be used in air conditioners, as R-22 coolant is no longer being manufactured due to its significant role in ozone depletion.
If you have any questions about how to prevent a home heating system breakdown, or if you’d like a heating system serviced or installed in your home, contact Hyde’s, your Coachella Valley furnace installation and repair contractor.