Seasons change quickly in western Arizona and along the Colorado River. Case in point, fall 2020. Summer temperatures on Friday. A plunge to winter temperatures on Monday, and at the higher elevations, a forecast for possible snow. Even though the coldest winter day in Bullhead City is better than most spring days in Minnesota, are you ready for the morning chill? Is your furnace or heat pump ready? If not perhaps you should give the experts at AIRzona Comnfort Solutions a call.
The first step in preparing your heat pump is obvious but often overlooked. It is something simple that you can do. Clear branches, leaves, and debris within two feet of your heat pump to alleviate airflow issues. Next, is where the professionals come in.
Air filters need to be changed to facilitate unobstructed air flow through your HVAC system. Dirty filters cause the unit to overwork which in turn can lead to increased energy use and higher utility bills. It will also shorten the life of the appliance. Air filters should be changed on a regular schedule. Retaining the services of a professional can make this one less thing that you need to worry about.
The thermostat seldom is given a second thought. It is usually trouble free. Still, most heat pumps have three different thermostat settings: heat, cool, and emergency heat. This to can be evaluated when your unit is serviced.
Your unit should evaluated and serviced at least twice per year. Did you know that up to 90% of equipment failures are caused by dirt buildup and related lack of maintenance? Also, setting up a regular maintenance schedule ensures worry free operation all year long. By scheduling bi-annual checkups with your local technician, you can ensure that when you need the system, it is ready to go regardless of season.
The service procedures for a furnace are similar. The heat exchanger should be brushed and vacuumed. This has the added advantage of giving the technician an opportunity to check for cracks, which could lead to a dangerous carbon monoxide leak into your home. If your motor is the kind that needs lubricating, the bearing caps can be cleaned and the bearings lubricated. Older furnaces may need the pilot lit. Newer systems have electronic ignitors that should checked and evaluated. It is also imperative that the chimney be inspected, and if necessary, cleaned. It might also be a good idea to discuss carbon monoxide detectors, replacement, installation or service.
Last but not least, in preparing your unit for winter, a technician call evaluate the air conditioner and prepare it for the change in seasons. So, what are you waiting for? Call AIRzona Comfort Solutions today and schedule an appointment.
Written by Jim Hinckley of Jim Hinckley’s America