Winter is Coming, is Your HVAC Ready?

 

Hello there, and welcome back to our blog! Here at Legacy Heating and Air Conditioning Services,  we want to make sure that all of our New Braunfels neighbors are as prepared as possible for the coming winter. While we understand that it doesn’t get particularly cold in this area of Texas, it still gets cold enough that a faulty HVAC during the winter could potentially cause the residents of a household quite a bit of discomfort. In today’s post, we are going to list out a few steps that you can take to make sure that your HVAC system is as prepared as possible for the coming winter months. Keep reading below to learn more.

Your HVAC Needs Your Help

Although the average person probably doesn’t spend too much time thinking about the state of their HVAC system, trust us: if something starts to go wrong, it will be one of the only things that you are able to think about. While the lion’s share of attention is given to HVAC systems during the summer (after all, it gets pretty hot here during the summer), it is still important to make sure that your system is ready for when it gets colder outside. If you don’t take the necessary steps to make sure that your HVAC system is prepared, you could have to shell out quite a bit of money at a later date. To make sure that does not happen, follow the tips that we have listed below.

 

 

  • Check The Thermostat: First things first, you will want to make sure that the furnace of your HVAC is able to turn on. While this might seem like a no-brainer to some, you’d be surprised how many people don’t realize that their furnace isn’t working until they go to turn it on for the first time. It is much better to figure out that your heat is not working during September than November. If you go to switch on your heat and nothing happens, it could mean that the wiring needs to be looked at or the power source is faulty.
  • Clean the Heat Exchanger: Before the season starts to change, it is important that you have a professional brush and vacuum the heat exchanger of your HVAC unit. This should be done when the unit is disabled and, during the inspection, the technician should make sure that there are no cracks or chips in the heat exchanger. Damage to this portion of the HVAC unit could lead to dangerous carbon monoxide gas leaking into your home.
  • Test Igniter Switch: Depending upon the age of your HVAC system, you may have to relight the pilot light before trying to use it. Newer systems have electronic ignitors and can be reignited by simply pushing a button. If this reset does not work, check your breaker panel and make sure that the fuses leading to your HVAC unit aren’t tripped. If that STILL doesn’t fix the issue, give us a call at Legacy Heating and Air Conditioning Services and we will come take a look at it.
  • Clean and Lubricate the Blower Motor: Before you take this step, it is important to make sure that your HVAC unit actually has a blower motor that actually needs to be lubricated. If it does, turn off the power to your furnace, open the cover, and clean the flaps covering the bearings of the motor. After you have thoroughly cleaned these flaps, remove the caps covering the motor and lubricate the bearings. Doing this will ensure that the blower motor is able to keep on blowing all winter long.
  • Change the Air Filters: One of the most important steps to take when making sure that your HVAC system is ready for winter is also one of the most commonly skipped steps. Cleaning the air filters of your system not only improves the quality of air that circulates around your home, but also makes sure that no unnecessary debris is making its way into your system. Dust and dirt can quickly build up if the air filter is compromised, increasing the chances of mold development and exposure to airborne allergens.

 

 

If you still feel as though you would like to have a professional come out and make sure that your HVAC system is ready for winter, please get in touch with us today at Legacy Heating and Air Conditioning Services. We have been helping New Braunfels area clients for years and we are certain that we can handle any and all issues that you may be having with your HVAC system. Our highly trained specialists will run a full inspection on your system and make sure that everything is ready to go. Contact us today and let us help you make sure that you are ready for winter.