As winter approaches, Sterling, Virginia, residents are preparing to turn on their heating equipment. Experts recommend that a professional heating, ventilation and air conditioning contractor examine and test furnaces, boilers and other heat distribution systems before first use each year. Tune-ups calibrate components, which saves fuel, reduces breakdowns requiring heating repairs and prolongs equipment life. In addition, many manufacturers require seasonal maintenance to keep warranties valid.
Elements of Heating Maintenance
Heating equipment should be inspected at least once each year by a licensed contractor. If your heater is part of a central air system, the components of this system will also be checked:
- Inspect belts and fans.
- Check and tighten electrical connections.
- Calibrate thermostat.
- Check ducts for leaks.
- Clean condensate pan and lines.
- Ensure system cycles properly.
- Clean or replace filter as needed.
- Oil motors, fans and other moving parts.
- Inspect vents, plenum and housing for cracks.
- Inspect heat exchanger.
- Check for dangerous gases.
Correcting any problems identified as soon as possible keeps small problems from turning into expensive repairs or damaging the system.
In addition to an overall system inspection, heating maintenance for boilers examines elements that affect combustion, heat distribution and vents. This inspection is important for all types of boilers, including forced air, hot water and steam.
For hot water systems, the high-pressure relief valve and pressure tank should be tested. For steam systems, the technician should drain water from the tank and float chamber to remove sediment, analyze the water and test safety controls.
The burners, valves, pipes and connections on gas and oil furnaces should be inspected to verify that they are safe to operate. If combustion systems are not properly vented, dangerous gases can enter your home. Gas leaks can cause fires or explosions. Any problems identified should be repaired by a certified technician.
Vernon Heating and Air Conditioning provides heating and air conditioning services to residents and businesses in Sterling and nearby communities in Virginia and Maryland. Call to find out more about our maintenance agreements.