Why You Should Schedule Fall HVAC Maintenance

October 5, 2020

Cooler weather has arrived in the Seattle, WA, area, and frigid winter temperatures won’t be far behind. The last thing you’ll want to deal with on a cold winter night is a malfunctioning heating system or utility bills that keep going up every month. Now is the right time to schedule a checkup for your furnace or heat pump. Find out about why you should schedule fall HVAC maintenance and how an autumn tune-up of your heating system benefits you and your home.

Choose a Convenient Appointment Time

If you’re like many people, you have a full schedule. Your busy days may leave you with little time for maintenance tasks. Scheduling your fall HVAC maintenance now means there are lots of options for appointment times. You can pick one that fits into your on-the-go lifestyle. We have convenient options in the morning and afternoon.

Keep Your Home Comfortable

You deserve a home that’s comfortable all year long. Our fall HVAC maintenance ensures that your heating system will deliver warm air to every room of your house. We check the thermostat and ensure that it’s properly calibrated and communicating with your heating system. Our technicians also make sure warm air comes out of each vent. Keeping up with this annual maintenance for your heating system prevents areas of your home from feeling too cold. Our maintenance services also include thoroughly cleaning your heating system. We remove the dust and dirt that can lead to strange odors or poor indoor air quality.

Maintain Your Manufacturer’s Warranty

Most HVAC system manufacturers put some conditions on their warranties. One of those conditions is that the system needs an annual tune-up performed by a certified technician. Skipping just one tune-up could invalidate your warranty. If your warranty isn’t valid, you could end up having to pay out-of-pocket if something goes wrong with a part that would have otherwise been covered by the manufacturer’s guarantee. We help you maintain your warranty, which could save you a lot of money if a part prematurely fails.

Ensure Optimal Performance

You haven’t used your heating system in many months. During the time it hasn’t been in use, it’s likely accumulated some dust and dirt. It’s possible that some critters got into it, leaving behind debris or nesting materials. We remove the dust, dirt, grime, and other debris. This helps ensure the optimal performance of your heating system. When your HVAC system is operating at its peak level, your home’s temperature will be more consistent. You won’t have to deal with spots that are too cold.

Identify Any Worn Parts

An important part of fall HVAC maintenance is looking for parts that show signs of excessive wear and tear. Worn-out parts are less efficient. They create more friction, which increases the system’s energy use. Worn parts cause extra noise, which may make your home less enjoyable. A part with excessive wear could suddenly fail, leaving you without heat. Identifying worn parts and replacing them before they have a chance to fail prevents you from dealing with a comfort disruption.

Order Any Needed Replacement Parts

If your HVAC system needs a new filter, capacitor, or any other part, now is a good time for us to order them. There’s more demand during the coldest part of the winter, but there’s rarely a wait in the autumn. In most cases, we’re able to get your replacement part in a day or two.

Be Ready When Frigid Air Arrives

A burst of cold air could arrive any day now. If you’re not sure whether or not your HVAC system is ready, schedule a fall maintenance visit. Our technicians run a system performance test to make sure the furnace’s or heat pump’s heat output is adequate. We test everything, including air flow rate, temperature change, and system pressure levels. This ensures that when the outdoor temperature drops, your home will be warm and toasty.

Avoid a Sudden Breakdown of Your Heating System

A fall maintenance visit for your HVAC system could prevent an unexpected breakdown later in the season. During a tune-up, our NATE-certified technicians check all of the system’s moving parts, including the blower motor, belt, and fan. We also check the switches, relays, circuit board, and other electrical components. For gas furnaces, we check the heat exchanger, pilot, igniter, and gas supply valves. By identifying parts that are bent, cracked, or otherwise damaged, we can prevent a malfunction. Scheduling your HVAC maintenance now means that there’s plenty of time for repairs if needed.

Pay Less for Winter Heating Costs

Nobody wants to pay more than they have to for heating costs. A well-maintained heating system costs about 30% less to operate compared to the one that has been neglected. Our fall HVAC maintenance includes air filter replacement. A dirty air filter alone is responsible for wasting up to 15% of the energy used by the HVAC system. By scheduling your HVAC maintenance now, you could save hundreds of dollars on your heating bills over the course of the wintertime.

Reduce Your Home’s Carbon Footprint

Fall HVAC maintenance reduces the amount of energy that it takes to keep your home warm. During the winter months of the year, as much as 50% of your energy use will be for keeping your home warm. If you’re concerned about your home’s carbon footprint, this is a good reason to schedule your tune-up. An early-season tune-up reduces the total amount of energy your heating system will use by as much as 30%.

Protect Your Family’s Health

A problem with your heating system could make your family sick. Regular maintenance includes cleaning or replacing the heating system’s air filter. A dirty air filter leads to poor indoor air quality. If anyone in your home has asthma or allergies, poor indoor air quality could worsen their breathing. We change the filter so that you can breathe easier. Fall HVAC maintenance also includes checking for carbon monoxide leaks. Carbon monoxide is a poisonous gas that displaces oxygen in your blood. At low levels of exposure to carbon monoxide gas, you may have nausea, headaches, or tiredness. At moderate levels of exposure, you could feel dizzy, weak, or confused. High levels of carbon monoxide exposure may cause a loss of consciousness or death.

Keep Your Home Safe

A malfunctioning heating system puts your home at risk of a gas or carbon monoxide leak. A gas leak could lead to an explosion. During a maintenance visit, our technician checks for these problems. We also make sure your carbon monoxide detector is properly calibrated and working. If you don’t have one yet, we can install one for you.

Brennan Heating & Air Conditioning is Seattle’s trusted provider of affordable heating maintenance. We’re also prepared to offer you dependable heating and air conditioning repairs, installation, and replacements. Our water heaters, air duct cleaning, energy audits, and electrical services are designed to keep you comfortable, healthy, and safe all year long. To learn more about why you should schedule fall HVAC maintenance, give us at Brennan Heating & Air Conditioning a call today.

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