Prepare for Summer with Some Needed HVAC Maintenance

Soon the bitter cold temperatures will turn into warm spring and summer days, and you will find no need to use your home heating system until the next winter season. When you no longer need to heat your home for an extended period of time, it is very important to take the necessary steps to properly shut down that heating system so that there are no issues when restarting it in the fall.

The Process

There are several steps in the process of properly shutting down your home heating system. Here is a list of steps in an optimal order for the most safe and efficient shut down process:

  • The first thing you should do is turn off the pilot light and shut off the fuel line, provided your water heating system or any other system within the house is dependent on heat from the pilot light. If you don’t manually turn off the pilot light, it will remain lit year-round and consume unneeded energy when the heat is not in use.
  • Change your thermostat from the “heat” setting to the “cool” setting, if applicable. If you have a programmable or a smart thermostat, take the time to input new temperature settings to keep your home comfortable during the warmer months.
  • Clean and replace the filter when shutting down the system. This way you won’t have to worry about doing so when restarting it in the fall. Be sure to find out the correct type of filter that your furnace uses so you know what to look for when getting a replacement.
  • For an oil heating system, soot and scale buildup typically collects within the unit over long periods of heavy use. This buildup can cause deterioration of the metal surfaces on the unit and warrant expensive repairs. Cleaning an oil heating system can be done independently, but to ensure it is done properly and safely, you should schedule a cleaning with a professional HVAC service provider.
  • Do a quick eye test regarding the quality and safety of your unit. Check for cracks or gaps in the combustion chamber of your unit, which could pose a safety threat by emitting carbon monoxide. If you fear that carbon monoxide may have been leaking into your home, check a carbon monoxide detector for peace of mind.
  • Clean up the area around the furnace by vacuuming up dust and debris. As a safety and fire hazard precaution, there should be at least three feet of space between the furnace and any surrounding items in the room

Planning for Summer

With your home heating system properly shut down, keep in mind the steps you’ll need to get you AC unit ready for high temperatures. Scheduling an air condition maintenance will help to ensure that everything is running smoothly and efficiently for the summer months. Contact Piper Heating & Cooling to help keep your home and HVAC units in lasting condition.