As winter starts to wind down and the temperatures start to warm up, it is a good time to start thinking about getting your home ready for the months of spring. As the snow and ice start to melt, you’ll begin to see a lot of outdoor areas that may need attention.
Here is a list that will help you to ensure that you cover the main items that will need your attention:
- Furnace Filter – Coming through the winter months your furnace has been working hard and pushing a lot of air through your furnace filter. Now would be a good time to replace your filter.
- Air Conditioning Unit – You’ll want to inspect your outside air conditioning unit, making sure it is free from debris and winter dirt. Move anything that may obstruct the fan area.
- Caulking – Check around all doors and windows to make sure your chalking did not crack during the winter months. If so, replace it will new chalking.
- Fire Extinguishers – Check your fire extinguishers to make sure they meet current safety standards, and check to see that they are fully charged.
- Smoke Alarms – Replace the batteries in all smoke alarms.
- Refrigerator and Freezer – Vacuum the coils on both your refrigerator and freezer. Buildup of dirt on these coils will cause them to heat up and eventually fail.
Your furnace is one of those appliances that you don’t think about unless a problem arises. Kind of “out of sight, out of mind.” Understanding the most common problems with furnaces can help you to avoid furnace problems all together. And when it comes to heating your home, you certainly don’t want a problem to come up when it is really cold outside.
Here are some of the more common issues that furnaces have:
- Thermostat – The thermostat is what controls your furnace “on and off” cycles and the temperature. When it gets to a certain temperature, it will turn on the heat source and then the fan. Most thermostats require a battery. It is good to change the battery at least annually. If the thermostat doesn’t seem to be working, first change the battery. If that doesn’t fix the problem, replace the thermostat.
- Air Flow – The furnace fan motor is what generates the flow of air through your furnace and out through the ducting system. Problems can arise from a worn belt, fan motor or bearings. It is important to have these checked annually by a qualified service technician. You can do an inspection yourself to determine if the fan belt has wear on it. If so, have it replaced. Some of the older furnaces require annual greasing of the bearings. You can do this yourself, or call iRpear to do it for you.
- Dirty Filter – This is a very common problem. Homeowners typically forget to change their furnace filters. A dirty filter causes the furnace system to work harder and be less efficient. Filters should be changed every couple of months.
- Pilot or Ignition System – This part of the furnace is what ignites the gas for each heating cycle. A common problem for pilot light furnaces is a faulty thermocouple. A thermocouple is a device that ensures that the pilot light is on before the gas is turned on. You certainly don’t want the gas to come on if it can’t be ignited. That would be extremely dangerous for the occupants of the home. iRepair can come out and check this and replace it for you.
- Lack of Maintenance – Where the furnace is constantly working day and night to keep your home heated, it needs regular maintenance checkups. They are not expensive and can assure that your furnace will stay operational all during the winter months. Call iRepair for an annual checkup.
To avoid these common problems with your furnace, it is important to have your furnace checked by iRepair at least annually. They will perform a complete all-point precision checkup, insuring that you and your loved ones can safely live in a heated and comfortable environment.
There are many things you can do to cut down your energy costs during the cold winter months. This video give many simple procedures you can do yourself to cut down on heating costs during the winter.
When searching for a reliable heating repair service in Salt Lake City, it can be difficult to determine who is the best, fast and fair with their pricing. There are several things you need to consider when you are looking at getting your furnace repaired.
- License and Insured – Make sure that the company is a licensed and insured company within the State of Utah. We see a lot of homeowners who have used companies because they quoted really low prices. That should be the first red flag that they are probably quoting low prices because they are “bare bones” with their overhead, meaning they are not paying for State licensing fees, bonds and insurance. Always ask for their license number, then check it out with the State.
- Time in Business – How long have they been in business. You want to only deal with companies that have been in business for awhile and are experienced.
- References – Ask for references, then check them out.
So, when you are looking for a good company to repair your furnace or air conditioner in the Salt Lake area, you’ll have many to choose from. Take the time to check them out. Be sure to call iRepair Heating and Air. We qualify under those three tips noted above.
Fixing your furnace
Typically when a furnace breaks down, it is usually not during a convenient time. More than likely it is during the coldest day of the winter.
Why do furnaces break down on those cold day? It is because they are working extra hard and are not in top condition to handle the added stress on the heating system. Much like an athletic who is running a race and is not in top shape to finish. I remember watching a particular marathon, and witnessing some runners just completely running out of energy why before the finish line. I can’t tell you their circumstances or stories, but it seemed apparent that they had not fully conditioned themselves to finish such a long race.
Your furnace is the same way. It is important to take care of it before that cold winter day hits. Here are a few very simple, yet important tips to keep your furnace in tip-top condition for those cold winter months.
- Change your furnace filters on a regular basis. A dirty filter, which restricts air flow, causes your furnace to work extra hard to push the air through the dirty filter. On the other hand a clean filter allows air to flow freely, with a lot less effort.
- Have your furnace inspected and maintained. Furnaces during peak seasons work hard to keep your home warm. The best time to have them inspected is just before the season begins. A qualified furnace professional like iRepair Heating and Air, will clean and adjust your furnace and check for any signs wear or cracks.
- Use only a qualified technician to service your furnace. You have many choices when deciding who to call. Do a little homework, and select a company that has been around for a while, is licensed and insured, and doesn’t have a history of low quality work. A company like iRepair Heating and Air, has a long-standing reputation, and has the experience to back them up.
Enjoy the comfort of a warm home by being proactive and getting your furnace service early before those winter months.
During a professional energy audit, an energy auditor analyzes your energy bills, completes visual, health and safety inspections, and may use special equipment — such as a blower door and an infrared camera — to detect sources of energy loss. Our new Energy Saver 101 home energy audit infographic gives you an idea of what energy auditors look for and the special tools they use to determine where a home is wasting energy. Based on the data collected, an energy audit will provide you with a comprehensive home energy report that shows which energy efficiency upgrades are best for your home and your potential energy savings. Learn how to find a certified energy auditor and if your state or local utility offers free or discounted home energy audit. And be sure to look for a Home Performance with ENERGY STAR participating contractor — they’re specially trained to conduct a whole-house assessment and help you determine how efficiency improvements will work together. (Energy.gov)
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Home Energy Audit
Being prepare before a power outage is important to make it more convenient when the power does go out. Power outages are usually caused by several factors; weather, construction, old or faulty equipment or an accident.
When the power does go out, sometimes it can be very inconvenient. So preparing ahead will help to endure the times when we have no lights, heating or air conditioning.
The following tips are important to follow:
- During cold months, never use open flamed heaters, like kerosene or propane without good ventilation.
- Layer up your body to stay warm. Wear a hat. Most heat loss from the body is from the head.
- Use blankets or towels around windows and doors to keep the heat in.
- Protect your water pipes by wrapping insulation around them.
- Keep your faucets dripping to keep water from freezing.
- Keep freezers and refrigerators closed to preserve the cold air inside the units.
- If you have someone on some type of life support, always have a backup system in place that doesn’t require household electricity.
- Store your flashlights in an easy accessible place to find in the dark.
- Have food storage that doesn’t require cooking to prepare.
- Do not get near or touch any downed power lines.
For additional information about your heating and furnace needs, see iRepair Heating and Air.
As temperatures begin to cool, and the smell of fall is in the air, now is the time to think about getting your furnace ready to crank out the energy efficient heat. You certainly don’t want a furnace breakdown in the middle of winter, and suffer the cold temperatures while you are waiting to have your furnace repaired and heating again. A furnace that is clean and adjusted properly will save you money and time, not to mention, produce high efficient heat.
Here are some things you can do to get your furnace ready for the winter months:
- Replace your air filter – This is easy and simple to do. It is also a good idea to have a couple of spare air filters on hand to replace during the winter months. Depending on your heating system, you should replace your filters on a regular basis.
- Check your air vents – Check all your air vents, both the air vents where the air comes out, as well as your cold air return vents. Make sure that they are free from debris, or are not blocked or restricted. It is also a good idea to pull the vent off and clean out any items that may have fallen down in the vent.
- Vacuum around furnace – clean and vacuum any dirt or dust build up around the furnace.
- Carbon Monoxide detectors – Check all your Carbon Monoxide detectors. Test them to make sure they are working. Replace the batteries, even if you think they are okay. Make sure you have detectors for all sleeping areas of your home.
- Furnace motor belts – Open the compartment where your furnace motor is and visually check the belt from the motor to the fan, and look for any frayed ends. Have it replaced if it is showing any signs of wear.
It is always a good idea to call a heating specialist to come out and do an in-depth inspection of your furnace. They can check for leaks or cracks that could make your furnace unsafe for operation. iRepair Heating and Air can come out the same day and make sure your furnace is ready for safe operation. Give them a call today.
As winter approaches and the summer temperatures start to drop, now is the time to prepare your home for the cold winter temperatures. There are many things you can do yourself, and somethings that will require a trained technician like iRepair Heating and Air.
Don’t wait until you are in the middle of winter, when the risk of a furnace failure is high, to prepare your home and furnace for the cold temperatures.
Following are some easy tips to follow:
- Home Energy Checkup – Have a home energy checkup performed. iRepair Heating and Air can perform a professional home energy audit, or you can do some of the more simple checks yourself. To learn more about a checkup, see the government’s website on home energy savings.
- Check for Air Leaks – There are many places you can lose heated air in a home. Most are simple to locate and fix. Check around all windows, door and baseboards for gaps. These are areas where air can easily escape. Use a silicone caulking to seal these areas.
- Insulation – Check your attic and walls for sufficient insulation and add more or replace the insulation.
- Heating Furnace – Have iRepair Heating and Air come out to do a full inspection of your heating system. Replace dirty air filters will clean ones. Inspect your duct work that it is clean and free of debris.
- Appliances – Consider replacing old appliances with energy efficient ones. iRepair Heating and Air can assist you in this area.
Don’t wait! Start now to get your home ready for those upcoming cold winter months.
Winterizing Your Home
Even though it is still summer, now is the time to get your home ready for the winter. While the weather is still warm, there are several things you can do now, before the ice and snow come, to prep your home for an energy-efficient winter.
- Furnace Preparation – Call iRepair Heating and Air to inspect your heating system. You’ll want your duct work to be clean, filters changed and an annual furnace checkup.
- Fireplace – Inspect fireplace chimneys for small bird or rodent habitation. Have the chimney cleaned of soot buildup. Get a supply of firewood.
- Home Air Leaks – Check around doors, windows and pipes for cracks. Use chalking or weatherstripping around these areas to prevent heat escaping or cold air coming in.
- Roof and Gutters – Check flashing on the roof to ensure moisture cannot get into the home. Clean out gutters from debris. Replace worn out or missing roof tiles.
- Foundation – Check your home’s foundation for cracks. Seal them up.
- Landscaping – Trim trees and bushes around your home to keep them clear from the home and electrical wires.
For all your heating and air conditioning needs, call iRepair Heating and Air.