Fall To-Do’s: Tips for Getting Your Furnace Winter Ready

Follow these six tips to help make sure your furnace is ready for winter.

1.Tune up before you turn on.

Every year before turning on your heating system a check-up should be performed by a professional.

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2.Change your air filters.

Homeowners should do this every 30 days or once a quarter depending on the instructions provided by the manufacturer of your heating system.

3.Check your thermostat.

Turn it on to test it. If it’s been working all through A/C season it will most likely continue to work when you change over to heating. 

4.Clean your air ducts.

If your air filters get dirty quickly, if someone in your home has a compromised immune system or if you’ve recently finished a large remodeling project, you might want to have your ducts cleaned. Otherwise, once you turn on the heating system, dust or debris in the ducts will blow around.

5.If the furnace is more than 20 years old, it might be time to buy a new one.

Age is just one factor among many when it comes to the decision to buy a new furnace. Homeowners should also consider how many repairs the system has already needed and their cost, how much future repairs might cost and how long you plan to remain in your home.

6.Consider and annual maintenance program for your unit.

If your furnace is getting up there in age, having regular cleanings can help to extend the life of your equipment.  Atlas Butler offers several maintenance plan options.

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Why New Homeowners Need A Thorough HVAC Inspection and Cleaning.

Buying a home is one of the biggest investments you’ll ever make, and one of the best ways to protect your investment is with a thorough HVAC inspection and cleaning from a certified professional.

Your home inspector most likely did a general evaluation of your furnace and air conditioner.  How old is the system? Was it properly installed? Does it turn on properly? However, most home inspections don’t include a detailed evaluation of the HVAC system and cleaning. There may be underlying problems that affect the efficiency and lifespan of your system that go unnoticed by a standard home inspection.

And unless the previous owner left detailed maintenance records, you have no way of knowing the last time your system was cleaned and serviced. It may have been years ago, which can cause your energy bills to skyrocket.

Only a thorough inspection and cleaning by a certified HVAC professional can identify issues before they cost you a lot of time and money down the road.

If Atlas Butler previously serviced the equipment in your new home, we can provide you with the service history. Call us at 614-681-2167 to see if we serviced your home in the past or to schedule a detailed HVAC inspection and cleaning.

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Before You Call

Sometimes there is a simple solution to fixing a heating or cooling system. If your air conditioner or heat isn’t working, use the checklist below to troubleshoot common problems. If your system still isn’t working, or if you’re unsure or uncomfortable troubleshooting, give us a call!

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My air conditioner isn’t working.

  • Check the thermostat. Make sure it is set to “cooling” or “auto” and set to the desired temperature.
  • Check the air filter. A dirty air filter can reduce the airflow coming out of the register. Replace with a new, clean filter.
  • Are all registers open and unobstructed?
  • Check the power switch near each unit. For an indoor unit, the switch should be near the unit. It should be clearly marked, but it may look like a regular light switch. If it’s off, turn it on.
  • Check the fuse in the circuit breaker.

My heat isn’t working.

  • Check the thermostat. Make sure it is set to “heating” or “auto” and set to the desired temperature.
  • Check the air filter. A dirty air filter can reduce the airflow coming out of the register. Replace with a new, clean filter.
  • Are all registers open and unobstructed?
  • Check the power switch near each unit. For an indoor unit, the switch should be near the unit. It should be clearly marked, but it may look like a regular light switch. If it’s off, turn it on.
  • Check the fuse in the circuit breaker.
  • If you have a gas furnace, check that the gas service has not been terminated. Gas companies will turn off service if a leak is detected, sometimes without notice.
  • If you have a gas furnace, make sure the gas control valve to the furnace is open.
  • If you have an older gas furnace with a pilot light, make sure it is lit.
  • If you have a newer gas furnace with electric ignition, check the display. The panel should have an explanation of the codes on the display.

 

The Life Of An HVAC: How Long Do Heating & Cooling Systems Last?

Heating and cooling systems don’t last forever. It’s a bummer, we know! It would be nice if we never had to worry about replacing them, but there comes a day and a time when every system—no matter how well maintained—has to be put out to pasture.

But when is that day and time? Take a look at this handy chart to find the average lifespan of each type of system:

  • Furnace: 15 – 20 years
  • Heat pump: 16 years
  • Air conditioning unit: 10 – 15 years
  • Tankless water heater: 20 years
  • Electric or gas water heater: 10 years
  • Thermostat: 35 years (but usually replaced sooner due to technological improvements)

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