The leaves are falling. But, that also means the air is cooling. Fall is here, and winter is on its way. It is almost time to fire up those furnaces. But, more importantly, it is time for some HVAC maintenance. Making the switch from cooling to heating can be tough on your home.
Moreover, lying dormant all summer can lead to a strain on your system. The last thing you want is an unexpected bill due to an emergency repair. It is time to do fall cleaning. That’s a thing, right? Luckily, there are some HVAC maintenance tasks you can do on your own. We have all the information you need to get started. We promise it’s not as scary as it sounds.
HVAC Maintenance Checklist
HVAC repairs always come as a surprise. Not to mention, it is always when we least expect it. Don’t be one of those people. We believe it is best to identify small problems before they turn into larger ones. That way, you can avoid costly, unexpected bills. At ATN Mechanical, we understand how important it is to do annual HVAC maintenance. Therefore, we have compiled a DIY checklist for our readers. Follow these simple steps to help your systems run better. Plus, they will last longer. Ready to start?
Check for Drafts
The first step to being comfortable and cozy is to check for drafts. This step is easy. Unfortunately, drafty windows and doors lower energy efficiency. Cold air comes in, and hot air comes out. It is a lose-lose situation. To begin, check the caulking and weather stripping. If it is cracked or broken, replace it. Secondly, you should check your insulation. Rooms such as attics and basements may need extra insulation. Lastly, if you have a chimney, clean it out! When chimneys become blocked, it creates a window for carbon monoxide. Also known as “the silent killer.” Proper carbon monoxide care is vital. Carbon monoxide protection is often forgotten, and unfortunately, many Canadians are affected by this fatality in their own homes.
Turn on Your Thermostat
Some people are afraid to turn on that thermostat switch. However, delaying the process will cost you money. One of the first things you should do during HVAC maintenance is slowly
Change Your Furnace Filter
Did you know that you have to change your furnace filter? Your furnace has an air filter that helps clean the air in your home. During an annual service, your HVAC technician will do this for you. However, you should change it every few months during the winter. Mainly because this is when it is working the hardest. Even the cleanest house is filled with dust. So, it is important to remember this task.
Cover Your AC Condenser
The hot weather has come and gone. That means it is time to cover up your AC unit. You want to protect your system from winter woes such as icicles. Additionally, cold moisture can damage the coils. Over time, this will become a problem, and a costly repair come springtime. Ultimately, covering your AC condenser will help it last longer and run efficiently.
Clean & Lubricate Your Blower Motor
Thankfully, not all blowers need to be lubricated. However, it is important you check your manual to be sure. If so, here is how you do it:
First, turn off all power. Next, open the cover and clean all caps covering the bearings. Lastly, remove the caps and lubricate each bearing. Sound overwhelming? We would be happy to help. Give us a call, and one of our trained technicians can do the work for you.
In short, there are many things you can do to improve the living conditions of your home. Taking a little time will be worth it in the long run. Yet, there are still some things you should leave to a professional. Having an HVAC technician service your systems once a year proves to save you money. As we mentioned, emergency repairs are costly. Wouldn’t you rather stay one step ahead? If you are interested in scheduling a service call, or for a quote, please contact us today.
HVAC Repair Cost
In this blog, we have spoken about the dreaded emergency repair call. So, we feel we should elaborate. Your heating system is something you want to keep in tip-top shape. However, without proper HVAC maintenance, you are asking for repairs. We created a list of potential repairs and the costs that come along with it. Therefore, if an issue arises, you will be prepared. Keep in mind; all systems are different. Likewise, prices are subject to change. The prices below are for reference only. Furnaces are complex systems. Unfortunately, a lot can go wrong. But with proper HVAC maintenance, you can avoid costs such as:
- Blower motor (repair) $150
- Blower motor (replace) $450
- Ignitor $400
- Flame sensor (repair) $80
- Flame sensor (replace) $250
- Heat exchanger (repair) $100
- Heat exhanger (replace) $500 to $1,200
- Replace gas valve $150
Yearly, HVAC maintenance is best. Homeowners should have their HVAC systems inspected during fall, at the very least. In Canada, winter proves to be the harshest season. On you, your car, and the HVAC in your home. Our technicians can not only spot out potential issues but also help you find alternatives.
At ATN Mechanical, we are always on the lookout for new ways to save our customers money. Our trained staff value the importance of quality service and quality products. Therefore, it is always our goal to give our customers 100%. If you have doubts, check out our reviews. After 20 years of business, our clients keep coming back for more. There is no doubt; we are always putting the needs of our customers first. That’s what ATN Mechanical is all about. If you have any questions regarding your HVAC or would like to schedule an appointment, give us a call.