Pre-Season Heater Maintenance Is Just Around the Corner

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Paramount Plumbing, Heating, and Cooling provides helpful tips on making sure you stay warm this winter with seasonal heater maintenance.

While many are still trying to find ways to keep cool, summer is drawing to a close. Before too long, fall will be here with winter just behind it. Homeowners should start looking now to call their local heater repair specialist to schedule a time for preventative maintenance. Yearly heater inspections are helpful in helping increase the efficiency of HVAC systems while also preventing them breaking down when they are needed most. Heating systems can become clogged with dust and other contaminants in the air, leak carbon monoxide, or simply quit heating. Paramount Plumbing, Heating, and Cooling works with homeowners in the Buford, GA area, helping them keep warm and lengthen the lifespan of their HVAC systems with regular, scheduled maintenance.

Service professionals will take a number of steps to help maintain the effectiveness of a heating system. For oil-burning and gas heater maintenance, the steps are similar. These both work by mixing gas and oxygen inside a sealed chamber and then igniting. A blower then forces air through the chamber, which then takes warm air into and through the heating ducts. Fumes will be vented out an exhaust duct or chimney. It is important that those ducts are kept clear or else fumes could build up inside of the home.

This will usually include an inspection of the ducts. Getting the ducts cleaned is an important step, although it is typically only necessary every couple of years. The filters for the heater should be changes out at least once a year, often more frequently than that. With heater filters, the adage of getting what one pays for holds true, as they are made from a variety of different materials in different processes. As such, some do a better job filtering dust, pet hair, pollen, and other allergens and contaminants. However, if they are not changed regularly, they do not work very well.

The heater maintenance specialist should also check the condition of the burner and igniter assembly. With their own tools, they will measure the temperatures of the heated air and how long it takes to reach that. This will indicate the effectiveness of the heating system and the thermostat. By going through with seasonal heater maintenance, it helps prevent having to call someone for heater repair during the busiest part of the year and makes sure that homeowners and their families can stay warm throughout the coldest months.

Whatever type of system you have, don't wait until it breaks down to call for service. A clean, well-adjusted heating system will save you money on fuel and prolong furnace life. Annual servicing is cheap — typically less than $100 — especially when compared with the price of a new furnace. "You wouldn't wait more than a year to service your car," Richard says. "The heat in your house is just as important."

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