HVAC and Water Heater Winter Maintenance Tips
With Winter upon us, as well as freezing temperatures, we wanted to share some helpful hints for Winter maintenance.
Home maintenance is vital not only to keep your home looking good but more importantly to keep the various structural, electrical and mechanical components functioning properly. In order to avoid costly breakdowns preventative maintenance is essential.
- Maintenance Check of Your Heating System.
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.
- Service Hot Water Heater
Water heaters work hardest during the Winter months, and Fall is a key time for upkeep and repair. Whether your hot water 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 extend the water heater’s life.
- Check Your Water Heater’s Pressure Valve
Both gas and electric water heaters feature a safety device known as a pressure valve. The purpose of this valve is to open and release pressure in the event that the water heater tank becomes over pressurized. To avoid problems, pressure valves should be checked every six months.
- Maintain Your Tankless Water Heater
Tankless water heaters are a great choice because upkeep and maintenance are simple procedures. In addition, keeping a large reserve of water is unnecessary as the water is heated passing through the piping. As a result heat loss is much less of an issue, and they work more efficiently and save energy.
As a tankless water heater can last up to 20 years, 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. FYI, a flush kit can be obtained from a certified technician.
Hot water heater tanks may vary, so please always read the warnings and instructions accompanying your heating source. For more information, or to schedule an appointment, call us at 252-7100. We’re here to help!