Fall Heating System Seattle Checklist
With the Fall season just around the corner, it may be a good time for you to give your Seattle heating system the once over before colder weather arrives. Maintaining your equipment on a schedule will prevent unwanted costs and prevent future problems, while keeping you warm all winter long.
Here's a handy checklist (courtesy of Energy Star) that either you or a trained contractor should be completing every season.
- Air filters should be inspected once a month during operation. A dirty filter lowers energy efficiency and increases energy cost, and can damage your equipment. Start off the new season with a fresh filter every Fall.
- Check all controls of the system for proper and safe operation. When activated, the starting cycle should start, operate, and shut off with no problem.
- Check thermostat settings. This will ensure the system keeps you comfortable when you are home and saves energy while you are not.
- Electrical connections should be tight and voltage and current should be measured on motors. Electrical connections that have become faulty can be unsafe for your system, ultimately leading to a reduced life of major heating components.
- Keep moving parts and motors well-lubricated. Lack of lubrication causes friction in moving parts and increases the amount of electricity you use.
- If your heating unit has a cooling mode, inspect the condensate drain furnace when in cooling mode. A clogged drain can lead to water damage and affect the level of indoor humidity.
- Check all gas (or oil) connections, gas pressure, burner combustion and heat exchanger. Improperly operating connections are a big fire risk, and can contribute poor quality of air in your home. Dirty burners or a damaged heat exchanger causes improper burner operation and can cause your unit to operate less efficiently.
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