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What Happens During Heating Maintenance?

technician-working-on-furnaceIf you’ve followed our blog for very long, you’ve probably seen us talk about the importance of routine professional maintenance. Maintenance helps both your air conditioner and your heating system, or heat pump, work as effectively and efficiently as possible for as long as possible. Without maintenance, you could struggle with frequent repair needs, inefficient system operation, and a shorter equipment lifespan.

Even more problems can crop up if you have a gas-powered system, which can become harmful if not properly cared for due to components such as heat exchangers and gas lines that could theoretically become damaged.

But we also know how easy it can be to brush off a service you don’t seem to need right now. Especially if you don’t know what actually happens during this service.

We’re here to get rid of some of the mystery–read on as we uncover what actually happens during your heating maintenance session, and why these steps are so important.

We Check All Electrical Components

Even a gas-powered furnace has an electric ignition switch and other internal electrical components. And you might not even discover an electrical issue or malfunction with your heater right away… but one of our very experienced professionals certainly knows what to look for.

During your maintenance session, your HVAC technician checks for things like loose electrical connections or frayed writing throughout the entire system. If they do discover a problem, we’ll alert you to it right away so you can schedule repairs.

We Check the Thermostat

Sometimes a problem with a heating system isn’t a problem with the heating system at all, but rather an issue with the thermostat. As the brain of your HVAC systems, it’s important that the thermostat be adequately calibrated, and that it be reading temperatures correctly. We can ensure that this is the case.

We Check the Refrigerant Level

There’s a fairly common misconception about refrigerant (and in this case we’re referring to heat pump systems, not furnaces)–that it depletes like gasoline does from a car, and needs to be refilled on occasion.

The truth is, your heat pump system (and your air conditioner) are supplied with enough refrigerant upon manufacturing to ideally last its entire lifespan. If your system is losing refrigerant, it means there is a leak that has to be located and repaired in order for that HVAC system to perform at its best.

We Check the Heat Exchangers

This is a particularly important step for gas-powered heating systems. If the heat exchanger is cracked, it could potentially leak out harmful carbon monoxide gasses, which can make your household ill, if it doesn’t have worse consequences.

It’s important that you not only keep up on maintenance for your gas heater, but also that you have carbon monoxide detectors installed in your home.

Please reach out to us with any questions you may have about heating maintenance or repairs–above is just a brief rundown of what we do!

DB Heating & Cooling, Inc serves the heating and cooling needs of customers throughout Rockland County, NY as well as Bergen County, NJ and surrounding communities. You can count on us for expert services. Contact us today for professional heating service in Bergen County, NJ

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