Just because winters tend to be mild in our area is no reason to neglect seasonal maintenance on your HVAC system. Temperatures as low as 20 degrees Fahrenheit in winter are not uncommon, and though cold spells may not last long, you don’t want to be caught with a malfunctioning furnace or heat pump in the middle of winter.

So here’s what should be done as far as winterizing your HVAC system:

Why Winterize?

When you have your HVAC inspected each fall/winter and spring/summer, you’ll stay on top of repairs. Catching small malfunctions and replacing parts before they totally fail and cause more damage will save you money over the long haul. What’s more, an HVAC technician will be able to ensure that your system runs efficiently, so that you save money on utility bills. Regularly scheduled maintenance is the best way to ensure that your equipment is running right and ready for the worst of the season.

Change The Filter

It’s always a good idea to start your winterization procedures by changing the air filter. Your HVAC technician will change the filter if needed during your maintenance tune up. Some filters will last up to a year, and others may require changing on a monthly basis.

Test the Thermostat

If your thermostat doesn’t work properly, your home will be uncomfortable and your energy bill could go through the roof. You can test your thermostat before the cold weather arrives by turning the heat on now. If it takes longer than you expected to warm up the home, then you might look into a new thermostat. A Wi-Fi model allows you to change the temperature when you’re away from home.

Inspect Ductwork

Your HVAC technician will make sure ducts are connected and will check for blockage. Loose segments should be repaired, as should holes.

Check Vents

Your technician will remove vent covers and check for dirt, blockages and to see if everything is properly connected. Dampers should be open.

Other key inspection points:

  • burners and heat exchanger
  • controls
  • electrical wiring
  • condensate drain

To learn more about winterizing your HVAC system, contact Jackson and Sons.

Jackson & Sons, Inc.

Our goal is to help educate our customers in Eastern North Carolina (including Wayne, Johnston, Greene, Lenoir, Pitt and Duplin Counties) about energy and home comfort issues (specific to HVAC systems).

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