Have you got a furnace repair problem in Fort Worth?
If you do, unless it’s brand new, you’ve probably dealt with at least one HVAC repair scenario. Those of you with older systems know the frustration of steadily climbing bills, repair nightmares, and the steady anxiety of knowing your system isn’t in great shape.
Before you start thinking about replacing the whole system, read this article. We’re going to talk about simple tips and tricks you can use to boost your heating capacity and stave off costly furnace repair.
With the winter chill already bearing down on us, and colder months ahead, now is a great time to be giving your furnace the attention it so desperately needs.
With that said, let’s talk about how you can help yourself – and how we can make it easier for you.
1.Furnace maintenance & Tune-ups.
Every HVAC repairman in the nation is used to harping on this, and for good reason! Heating system repair is far more common in systems that don’t get tuned up annually.
Preventive maintenance isn’t a myth. This isn’t a case of fixing something that isn’t broken. It’s about staving off disaster before it strikes.
Here’s an important thing to remember:
There is no such thing as an insignificant problem. Little problems are the foundation of bigger problems. So even if you’ve only got one little thing wrong, odds are it’s going to get worse.
So, the most common tune-up questions are:
- Do I need one?
- Annually? Right you are.
- Could I do it myself? Not unless you’re an HVAC technician.
- Is it worth the money?
Tune-ups aren’t expensive, either – but neglecting to schedule them can be. Keeping a service appointment is easy. We’ll call you when the date is approaching. Let us take the pressure off.
Work with the furnace repair specialists at Metro Energy Savers today to maintain your system at peak efficiency.
2.Owner furnace maintenance.
Forced-air systems (what most of you have) require their owners to undertake a few simple tasks once in a while. They’re not tricky, but they’re important, and most owners forget.
Forgetting can get awfully pricey.
With forced-air heat, the most important task to stay on top of is filter changes. Your system is equipped with an air filter to trap particulates and make sure that the air circulating throughout your home doesn’t contain dust, mold, pollen, and other unwanted pollutants.
Your manufacturer provides filter specifications and a proper replacement schedule. If you can’t find yours, we can help you figure that out.
Once you do know, stay on top of it. Nothing causes furnaces and heating system breakdowns more often than dirty filters.
That’s because as they get dirty, it gets harder and harder for air to move through the filter. Your blower (the indoor part of a split system that circulates air through the ducts in your home) has to work harder to compensate.
That leads eventually to cycling issues, overheating, and reduced efficiency. It also means that the air that does circulate won’t be filtered, which can be dangerous to inhabitants with asthma, allergies, or respiratory conditions.
Put simply: change those filters.
3.Upgrade your thermostat.
And my head, I’d be a-scratchin’
While my thoughts are busy hatchin’
If I only had a brain
If you’re on top of your filter schedule and you’ve got us doing tune-ups annually or seasonally, the next step is to look for system upgrades. Our personal favorite is the thermostat upgrade.
Smarter = more efficient.
It’s that simple. Programmable thermostats are the brains of the operation. Every year, thermostats get smarter, too – so even if yours is programmable, you might benefit from an update to an even smarter one.
They’re useful because they help you avoid waste. They heat your home when it wants to be heated, and they put the system into a lower-consumption mode when it doesn’t.
Modern thermostats take it a step further than the programmable brains of a decade ago by adding things like wi-fi, smartphone pairing, and adaptive learning. Many can even be paired with smart home assistants like the Amazon Echo, Facebook Portal, or Google Smart Home.
You don’t need every bell and whistle. But you should pick the ones that make sense to you and use them.
If your furnace has a brain, it’s going to be smarter about using resources. That helps your bottom line.
The most neglected part of a system is usually the ductwork.
Out of sight, out of mind.
And yet, 90% of all homes are experiencing what we would call “significant” heat loss, meaning as much as 20-30% of the energy going to waste. Those hidden ducts, over time, develop leaks.
Ducts also get dirty, despite your best efforts to avoid it.
A pretty easy (and not super pricey) fix is to have all of those professionally sealed. We say professionally because some homeowners are tempted to grab duct tape and do this themselves.
Two problems with that:
- Duct tape is the wrong tool for the job, as it doesn’t do a good job of preventing temperature exchange. You want professional HVAC tape, and where possible, aerosol sealant. That requires professional application, but it’s quick and affordable.
- Sealing the leaks is only part of the job. You also want to have a pro check and make sure that you’ve got the right amount of ductwork for your system, and that they’re clean all the way through.
Homes with attics and crawl spaces have to take extra care to insulate their ductwork. Uninsulated spaces are where most heat loss occurs because heat escaping into occupied rooms isn’t as much of a concern.
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