The winter is going to put your HVAC system to the test in Grand Traverse County this year. Predictions are for temperatures to once again be below normal and that means a workout for your furnace. Taking precautions now will make sure you are prepared and will also insure that you get the maximum use of your equipment before it needs to be replaced.
Extending the life of your HVAC system should be the goal of every homeowner. The heating and cooling system is one of the most expensive home improvement costs you will encounter and the longer you can avoid that big expenditure the better. Some of the things you can do to extend its life are quite simple.
- Follow the manufacturers recommendation and regularly change the air filter
- Make sure air is flowing freely throughout the system which means cleaning vents and making sure that they are not blocked by furniture or other items.
- Check the drain pipe coming from your furnace to make sure it is not clogged, running a mixture of bleach and water through the pipe is good preventive medicine.
- Do not allow weeds or bushes to grow around your outdoor condenser unit blocking air flow to the unit.
- Inspect the discharge pipe outside to make sure that it is not blocked by snow or ice which could prevent the system from ventilating properly.
In addition to the things that you as a homeowner can do, it is also important to have a service professional perform an annual inspection of the HVAC system before winter. The technician will check for things like gas leaks and carbon monoxide. Professional preventive maintenance will also include cleaning the interior parts and tightening connections to prevent future breakdowns.
Team Bob’s Heating Cooling Plumbing uses NATE certified technicians to perform preventive maintenance for customers all across Grand Traverse County, Michigan. Contact them today to schedule your appointment.
Our goal is to help educate our customers in Traverse City, Michigan and surrounding areas about energy and home comfort issues (specific to HVAC systems). For more information about HVAC systems and other HVAC topics, download our free Home Comfort Resource guide.
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