No, you didn’t read the title wrong. The warmer months are the perfect time of year to get down to business with your heating system. Not because you’ll be using your heater, but because it’s the ideal time to have your furnace serviced or repaired! Plenty of Southwest Florida residents are surprised to hear that the end of winter is actually a prime time to schedule an appointment regarding your HVAC system. It’s important to consider that, after working so hard throughout the colder time of year, heaters, like all machinery, require tune-ups to combat the general wear and tear caused by use.
Scheduling an inspection at the tail-end of winter also means that technicians are more available. When it’s cold out and heaters get turned on, those that didn’t prepare their systems often experience problems which, in turn, causes an influx of appointments for technicians. It’s much easier to schedule a maintenance check when techs aren’t overbooked with faulty furnaces.
Although it is rare, some mechanical issues can also take time to repair. Whether it’s a scheduling issue or if parts need to be ordered, it’s much easier to tolerate a heater-on-the-mend when you aren’t in danger of frostbite (okay, maybe not as much of an issue in Florida – but the point remains!). Nobody wants to wait for the heater to be fixed during winter – that’s when we need it!
We recommend a complete inspection of your entire system. This is made easier when your heater isn’t actually hot (another advantage to scheduling in the cooler months). To keep your furnace running at optimum efficiency, your technician should:
- Clean. A dirty heater can be a fire hazard, so it’s important to make sure that everything is cleared out. All the moving parts of your heater, like the motors and fans, naturally collect dirt when your system is in use and will require a good dusting. This also applies to the duct work throughout your house. Squeaky clean ducts will improve your air quality!
- Inspect. Every component of your system should be thoroughly inspected for damage and potential safety risks. Leaks, holes, and unusual noises will not only mean an inefficient heater, but problems like these can also be a safety risk.
- Repair. If your technician identifies anything that needs to be repaired, you can rest easy knowing that you won’t have cold toes while you wait!
What You Can Do
As always, heater inspections and repairs should only be performed by licensed experts. If you have questions about your heater or would like to schedule a service, D & D Air Conditioning and Heating is here to help! You can contact us through our website or call us at (239) 694-4849. In the meantime, simple tasks that can help your system include cleaning off air vents in your home and replacing air filters as needed!