BRRR! it’s getting chilly outside. Perhaps you’ve already dug in the closet for that favorite sweater, or even reached for the thermometer at night. The fall chill is certainly in the air, here are some helpful tips for pre-winter maintenance to keep you cozy this season.
Heating System Maintenance Check
System maintenance is vital to keep the various structural, electrical and mechanical components functioning properly. A pinch of prevention is worth a pound of cure: in order to avoid costly breakdowns preventative maintenance is essential.
As your furnace has been idle since the previous Winter we suggest you have the system checked by a qualified HVAC technician before firing it up. During this check up all burners are checked for efficiency, filters are changed, and the internal components of the system are checked for function.
Check Water Heater Pressure Valve
Both gas and electric water heaters feature a safety device known as a pressure valve. This valve opens to release pressure in the event that the water heater tank becomes over pressurized. To avoid problems, pressure valves should be checked every six months.
Service Your Hot Water Heater
Water heaters work hardest during the Winter months, and Fall is a key time for upkeep and repair. Whether your heater is gas or electric, sediment builds up in the bottom of the tank and we recommend a complete drain and flush of the hot water heater twice a year. This will help to greatly extend the water heater’s life.
Maintain Your Tankless Water Heater
Tankless water heaters are a great choice because upkeep and maintenance are simple. Additionally keeping a large reserve of water is unnecessary as the water is heated as it passes through the piping. As a result heat loss is much less of an issue, and the systems work more efficiently while saving energy.
A tankless water heater can last up to 20 years, but routine maintenance is key to extending the heater’s life. Most installers recommend that a tankless heater is flushed of impurities every six months to two years.