Winter is fast approaching, and with it months of cold, snow, and ice. After several months of rest, it’s time for your annual heater inspection so you can be sure you and your family will be safe and comfortable during the cold months in Woodbridge, Virginia. Some tips for fall furnace maintenance include a safe system shutdown and full inspection to ensure that your family stays snug when temperatures dip.
Shut Down Your System
The first step in preparing your furnace for fall will be to completely shut down your system, for your own safety and to prevent damage to the furnace. Your HVAC technician will find the fuel valve and turn this off is well. With your furnace off, your technician can move on to performing maintenance on your furnace.
Do a Full Cleaning and Inspection
Furnace maintenance involves a thorough evaluation of your system. Your HVAC pro will clean your furnace completely to remove dust, debris, and other pollutants. Cleaning will include the outdoor unit as well and an evaluation of the ductwork. This process is important to enhance the performance or your furnace and to keep your indoor air clean.
The inspection also takes all parts of your furnace into account. The technician will look for any problem that might warrant replacement. Parts that are subject to a lot of wear and tear like the fan belt can affect performance and increase your heating bills.
Check Your Connections
The last step in fall furnace maintenance should be to make sure all the connections are secure. Leaks can be a serious hazard, and guaranteeing connections are intact will prevent serious problems. You should also replace your oil if you haven’t already.
If you need a little help with your fall furnace maintenance, please contact the experts at Brennan’s Heating and Air Conditioning. We proudly serve homes across Northern Virginia and are here to help you keep your home warm during the year’s coldest months. Schedule a service appointment with us by calling 703-491-2771 today.
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