iAir Services Blog: Posts Tagged ‘Heating Maintenance’

Get your Whole HVAC System Serviced

Monday, September 11th, 2017

air-conditioning-maintenanceAs summer turns to autumn, local residents are going to be using their air conditioners less and less and their heating systems more and more. This makes it an excellent time of the year to schedule maintenance for both halves of your HVAC system. It will do both of them good, and can help ensure that you get a comfortable house in the most efficient manner possible.

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Plan for Heating Maintenance Today

Monday, December 12th, 2016

A couple of weeks ago, we extolled the virtues of biannual maintenance for your heater: letting it run more efficiently and helping to catch potential problems before they get out of hand. You might be reluctant to do so now, however. The holidays have come to the Austin, TX area, and that means that most households would rather save their money for various festivities.

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How Does Regular Heating Maintenance Help You?

Monday, November 28th, 2016

Winter is on its way here in Round Rock, TX, and chances are you’ve already used your heating system a number of times this year. If you haven’t scheduled one already, now is an excellent time to set up maintenance for your system from a trained technician. Maintenance isn’t quite the same thing as a repair call. Repairs are designed to address a single specific problem such as a faulty fan motor or a damaged burner. Maintenance, on the other hand, is designed to treat a lot of little problems that wouldn’t merit a service call on their own: clogs in the burners, loose bolts, dirty filters, and the like. It’s also designed to look for any larger issues that may be coming down the road: letting you schedule repairs before they force your system to shut down.

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Get Your Home Ready for Cool Weather

Tuesday, September 6th, 2016

Labor Day represents the last unofficial day of summer, and while there’s still some hot days left ahead in Round Rock, TX, now is the time to start preparing for cooler weather. It will be here before you know it, but by preparing your house now, you can help save some money on your winter heating bills, as well as ensuring that you don’t get caught by surprise by any problems in your heating system. Here’s a quick list of steps to take in the next few weeks. Some of them require the services of a professional technician, but many can be conducted on your own with few problems.

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Get Your Heater Ready for the Holidays

Monday, November 23rd, 2015

Thanksgiving is here, and Christmas will be here before you know it. Here in Austin, TX, homeowners are preparing food and getting ready to welcome friends and relatives over for the holidays. The last thing you need to worry about is a heating system experiencing problems, or even one that isn’t as efficient as you might like. If you haven’t scheduled a maintenance session for your heater this year, now is the ideal time to do it, before your relatives descend and the madness of the holidays makes scheduling such a session difficult in the extreme. A maintenance session is the best thing to get your heater ready for the holidays: improving its efficiency and letting you spot any problems before they force a shutdown. That helps you save money in the long run on more effective energy use and smaller repair bills when they come up.

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What Does a Heating Service Call Entail?

Monday, November 2nd, 2015

Now is the perfect time of year to schedule a service call for your heater. The fall has arrived here in Austin, TX, and while our winters are short, there are still plenty of chilly nights where you’ll be grateful for a reliable heater. A maintenance visit by a trained professional at least once a year can improve your heater’s efficiency a great deal, as well as identifying potential repair issues when they’re still small and able to be addressed easily. What, specifically does a heating service call entail? Here’s a brief breakdown:

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Now is the Right Time for Heating Maintenance

Monday, July 27th, 2015

We rarely think about heating systems in the height of summer, with Austin, TX melting under high heat and humidity. But winter will get here faster than you think and while our temperatures are milder than other parts of the country, we’ll still need our heaters to keep those cold nights from affecting us. You can plan for that by scheduling a heating maintenance session with a qualified technician. He or she will check the various components (burners, pilot light, control switches), as well as cleaning off the dirt and gunk, scanning for carbon monoxide leaks, replacing the filter and ensuring that any bolts or screws are nice and tight. Now is the right time for a heating maintenance session, and the benefits will be heartily felt when the time comes.

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Can I Schedule Heating Maintenance in Winter?

Friday, December 19th, 2014

Some times of year are better than other for heating maintenance, but the simple truth is that if you haven’t scheduled maintenance for your heating system in more than 12 months, any time is a good time to schedule maintenance. Why? Maintenance provides benefits for you and your system that last throughout the winter months. Need to schedule maintenance for your heating system in Austin? Call Intelligent Air Services today!

What Happens During a Maintenance Appointment?

A maintenance appointment is really a full tune-up of your heating system. Some of the tasks performed include:

  • Thorough inspection of entire system
  • Small repairs made as needed (corroded/frayed wiring, worn fan belts, etc.)
  • Cleaning of components, including burner assembly
  • Adjustments and lubrication of components
  • Inspection of components for cracks or holes
  • Checking and cleaning of blower (furnace)
  • Check of refrigerant levels (for heat pumps only)
  • Safety checks, including for carbon monoxide
  • Testing of system performance

Why Is This Important?

The thorough inspection of the system allows the technician to detect any existing or developing problems and get ahead of them; should there be a significant problem discovered, you’ll be notified about the problem and given an opportunity to schedule repair. This thorough inspection can help prevent repairs occurring down the road. Cleaning is very important as it removes dirt and dust that can interfere with the operation of the components in your heating system, and lubrication is critical for all moving parts; otherwise, they may grind. If you have a heat pump, it’s very important that the refrigerant level be exact and that no refrigerant leaks have developed that can affect the operation of your system. Combustion systems need to be checked annually for safety purposes and to ensure that the system is running efficiently. All of these things are taken care of during a maintenance appointment, which is why maintenance is so important.

There is no “perfect” time to schedule maintenance. If it’s been more than 12 months since your last maintenance appointment, contact us today!

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How Does Heating Maintenance Increase Energy Efficiency?

Friday, October 3rd, 2014

You know that regular heating maintenance is necessary for your heating system to have a long and healthy lifespan. You’ve probably also been told that a well maintained heating system is actually more efficient. How does heating maintenance actually increase energy efficiency, though?

Read on to discover the efficiency benefits associated with regular maintenance.

Easing Workload

There are a number of factors that can cause a heating system to breakdown without warning. In most situations, however, you will notice a slow decline of heating efficiency before the unit finally breaks down completely. This is because the vast majority of heating problems are progressive in nature. A problem may start small, but over time it will become more severe and start to affect other systems. A prime example is a refrigerant leak. Depending on the size of the leak, you likely won’t notice much of a difference when it first happens. The longer the leak goes untreated, however, the more your heating unit will struggle to keep up with demand.

Regular maintenance addresses this by preventing small problems from becoming an ever-growing strain on your heating unit. This increases your energy output because the heating unit never has to struggle (by consuming more energy) to accomplish its purpose.

Wear and Tear

Parts that are regularly maintained will last longer. Unfortunately, there comes a point where even the best kept system will start to wear away from use. The longer you use your heating system, the more its efficiency will decline. It may take a decade to become noticeable, but it will happen. Regular maintenance ensures that these parts are replaced before they ever become a problem. This saves you from the short drop in efficiency between when a problem occurs and when it can be diagnosed and fixed.

The better you take care of your heating system, the better it will take care of you. If it’s been a while since you’ve had your heating system checked, call Intelligent Air Services. We conduct heating maintenance all over the Austin, TX area. With our help, your heating system will stay energy efficient throughout its life.

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