Heating and Air conditioning Maintenance Tips (303) 798-3880
If you’ve been delaying maintenance of your furnace or air conditioner, your HVAC system is not operating at optimum efficiency. Further, most furnaces and air conditioners breakdowns are directly related to little or no maintenance – often resulting in premature breakdown of your system components. Littleton Heating and Air Conditioning, NATE certified technicians will inspect, clean and tune up your furnace and air conditioner, which will insure a safe and comfortable winter or summer season for you and your family. We offer planed Service Agreements and we will call you for your HVAC maintenance, so it is something less to remember.
Our Service Maintenance Agreements provide many benefits. Special discounts and additional warranty on parts, furnace repair, air conditioner repair, boiler repair and peace of mind.Did You Know? If your car was used as often as your furnace and air conditioner, it would have traveled over 200,000 miles in a year. Impossible you say? Well, it’s not. Your home heating and cooling system operates approximately 3,200 hours in a year. If you traveled 3,200 hours at 65 mph in your car you would have changed your oil 66 times, used 4 sets of tires, performed 4 tune-ups and flushed your cooling system 3 times.
No one would drive that many miles without performing any maintenance and expect for things to function properly. Just like your car, your Furnace and AC needs a tune-up, inspection and cleaning. By performing a precision tune-up on your furnace and AC you minimize the chance of breakdowns – saving energy and extending the life of your system.
Preventive Maintenance and your Warranty
Every furnace and air conditioner manufacturer recommends routine maintenance. What many homeowners never realize or don’t know is that nearly every manufacturers owner’s manual and warranty fine print states the homeowner is required to maintain their equipment at least once a year or the warranty may become void. The small investment in a furnace tune-up will return big rewards. Some manufacturers require proof of routine maintenance, so remember to always keep a copy of your receipts for any and all service work performed. Don’t wait much longer and call us today.
What to do indoors
Replace the indoor unit’s air filter monthly: Old/Dirty filters cause equipment to work harder, resulting in energy waste and possible internal damage. If you have a reusable/washable filter, make sure that it has completely dried prior to reinstalling. Inspect the blower compartment of your furnace or blower coil: Use a vacuum to remove any dirt or dust, which can result in improper performance and low efficiency. Make sure that the coil is dry prior to vacuuming.
Remove clutter from around the furnace or blower coil
Items stored near the furnace are fire hazards. They may also obstruct combustion air supply. This could cause complete combustion and the production of carbon monoxide gas. Your furnace or blower coil could be located in a closet, attic or basement. Removing clutter applies to your equipment no matter where it is located. Check the chimney or flue pipe connections for tightness, blockages or loose connections: Your gas furnace flue pipe must remain tightly connected and free of blockage for the furnace to operate correctly.
If repairs are required, contact us to schedule the repairs
Set the thermostat on “HEAT” and move the temperature setting above room temperature: Listen for any unusual sounds and call us if you suspect problems. Keep return registers/grilles clear of obstructions: The return register/grille must remain free of obstructions such as furniture, lint, dust or pet hair for the system to operate properly. Clean humidifier reservoir regularly: If your home comfort system includes a humidifier, it may be necessary to clean the water reservoir to prevent mold or mildew buildup.
What to do outdoors
Trim brush and shrubbery near outdoor units to prevent airflow obstruction: It is important to provide unrestricted airflow to the outdoor unit. Leaves, trash or shrubs crowding the air conditioner or heat pump cause the unit to work harder and use more energy. Also remove any debris that may have collected around the unit.Clean outdoor coil: The outdoor coil on an air conditioner or heat pump can sometimes become obstructed by grass clippings, leaves, dust, etc. If this happens, using a garden hose, gently run water over the coil, removing unwanted obstructions. Make sure outdoor unit remains level: Ground shifting or settling can cause an air conditioner or heat pump to sit in an uneven position. If this happens, re-level the unit to make sure water/moisture drains from the cabinet properly.