Regardless of whether you prefer cold weather or not, no one enjoys paying a high energy bill at the end of the month. Having our team of technicians perform regular heater maintenance will help ensure your heating system is running efficiently and affordably. Our staff provides exceptional heating maintenance services for homeowners in areas of Virginia such as Arlington, Oakton, Lorton, Centreville, Leesburg, and Alexandria. Our professionals will perform an inspection of your heating system to keep your home safe on the coldest days throughout the winter season.
10 Important Steps of a Professional Heating System Tune-Up Service:
- Check Blower Assembly
- Check the Heat Exchanger – Inspect for cracks, soot, or corrosion. Cracks can cause carbon monoxide to leak out into your home
- Lubricate Moving Parts – Reduces friction between moving parts in areas such as the motor, bearings, fans, and air circulators
- Check the Gas Pressure and Burner Combustion – This ensures they meet system specifications
- Inspect the Flues/Ventilation System – Ensuring gas is venting properly
- Tighten Electrical Wiring and Gas Connections – Do as needed
- Test For Dangerous Carbon Monoxide Leaks – Do as needed
- Check Motor / Belt for Wear / Malfunction – If applicable for wear and malfunction
- Measure Voltage on Motor – Replace oil filter and nozzle
- Test Thermostat for Accuracy – Test the system controls to ensure your heating system cycles properly
Top 5 Benefits of Performing a Heating System Tune-Up
1. Lower Utility Bills
Hiring a licensed HVAC technician to perform heating tune-up services will help your system operate more efficiently through the winter months. Keeping every part of your heating system working at full capacity helps to increase efficiency during operation, which in turn lowers utility bill costs.
2. Extended Heating System Lifespan
Hiring a professional to perform heating maintenance will help prolong the lifespan of your heating system. We offer heating system maintenance solutions in your local area. When you schedule an appointment with our team, we will lubricate all moving parts, inspect or clean condensate drains, and test the starting capabilities of your unit. Our goal is to prevent the deterioration of internal parts and components in your heating system.
3. Fewer Repairs
During a seasonal heating system tune-up appointment, our technicians will perform an inspection of your heating system to detect any issues, big or small, before these could turn into a big problem with expensive repairs. The cleaning, lubrication, and assessment of your furnace will keep it running at peak performance, to ultimately reduce any breakdowns and minimize potential problems during operation.
4. Improved Safety
We put safety first, as we want to keep your family and loved ones safe. Every heating repair or maintenance session includes a review of possible problem areas and any signs of occurring issues with your heating system.
5. Better Capacity
Once the heating system tune-up is complete, your system should be running at its top efficiency and performance. With all of the important parts lubricated, adjusted, and inspected, your heating system will have improved capacity. This will allow your heating system to have an easier time meeting your home’s heating needs.
How Often Should You Change Your HVAC Filter?
Changing your air filter regularly ensures the air quality in your home will remain as clean as possible, short of installing an indoor air quality product. If you don’t change your filter, it will become full and will not have the ability to trap new particles and pollutants. A full filter will not be able to prevent additional dirt and debris from circulating through your home, causing your family to breathe in more dust and allergens on a daily basis. Additionally, an unchanged, full air filter causes the motor on your HVAC system to work harder, and it will subsequently become less efficient and cost you more money on your operating costs.
It is a general recommendation that you should change the air filter in your home every 30 days when using less expensive fiberglass filters. Premium pleated filters can last as long as 6 months, but these typical guidelines assume standard usage and don’t take into account the size and type of filter.
As a general rule, you’ll want to replace pleated air filters in your home every 90 days. The longer the filter is in place, the more dirt, dust, and allergens are trapped clogging the filter and decreasing its efficiency. You may need to replace your filter more often if you have pets.
Updates to the Regional HVAC Equipment Efficiency and Testing Standards
Effective January 1, 2023, the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) will update its efficiency and testing standards for residential and commercial HVAC equipment. All regulatory changes will differ by product type and region. Since the updated standards will result in price increases across all HVAC contractors, now is the time to buy the equipment you need for your home or business.
The minimum efficiency standards for residential and commercial air conditioners and heat pumps manufactured after January 1, 2023, will increase. This change will increase production efficiency and national energy savings while decreasing national energy consumption.
Northern U.S. & Canada
All split-system air conditioners, split-system heat pumps, and packaged units manufactured after January 1, 2023, must meet the updated standards. However, split-system air conditioners, split-system heat pumps, and packaged units manufactured before January 1, 2023, can be installed indefinitely. The efficiency rating for air conditioners will increase from 13 SEER to 15 SEER in these regions.
Split-system air conditioners manufactured before January 1, 2023, can’t be installed once the updated standards take effect. All installations of products that don’t meet the new standards must be completed by December 31, 2022. However, split-system heat pumps, single-packaged air conditioners, and single-packaged heat pumps manufactured after January 1, 2023, can be installed indefinitely. The efficiency rating for air conditioners will increase from 14 SEER to 15 SEER in both the Southwest and Southeast regions.
In addition to higher minimum efficiency standards, the M1 testing procedures used for residential and 3 to 5-ton light commercial, single-phase equipment manufactured on or after January 1, 2023, will increase. This change will produce more accurate SEER, EER, and HSPF efficiency ratings. Manufacturers will be required to re-test equipment using the new M1 Standard requirements as well as publish equipment efficiency ratings using the new efficiency metrics of SEER2, EER2, and HSPF2.
If you are encountering issues with your heating system, give our team a call at 1-571-281-0281 for fast and reliable emergency heating services.