Your heater is a crucial part of maintaining the comfort of your Hampton, Virginia, home. Unfortunately, problems can and do occur, leading to possible breakdowns at the most inconvenient times. Luckily, you can help to stave off potential disasters by following a few tips to keep your heater humming and reduce the risk of breakdown.
Change Your Filter
Your air filter is responsible for trapping allergens, pollutants, dander, and debris to keep them out of your HVAC system and from circulating through the air in your home. While performing its normal job function, it will become clogged with dirt and pollutants. Without regular changing, this blockage can inhibit the airflow, causing it to overwork and leading to excessive wear and tear on its components. Always be vigilant about changing your filter according to the guidelines set out by the manufacturer.
Stay On Top of Weird Noises and Smells
Bad smells and unusual noises are your HVAC system’s way of letting you know something is amiss. Rattling and banging noises are often a sign that parts or components have become damaged or loose. Squealing could indicate a belt is loose or a bearing is worn. Burning smells can be a sign of a major electrical problem.
If a professional doesn’t repair or replace these parts, then it could lead to further damage to your system and even more costly repair. If you notice anything with your system that seems unusual, you should contact your HVAC technician immediately to address the problem and prevent a larger one from occurring.
Have Regular HVAC Maintenance Performed
Getting regular maintenance on your system is the best way to prevent a heater breakdown from occurring. During your maintenance visit, your technician will thoroughly clean all of your system’s components, check for broken parts and airflow restrictions, and address any issues that could lead to a breakdown or poor efficiency.
Reduce your risk of an HVAC breakdown by contacting Lighthouse Mechanical Heating and Cooling today at 757-251-0579.
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