Many White Bear Lake home and business owners don’t think of the equipment that heats their property, until there is a problem requiring a furnace repair occurs. HVAC systems are out of sight, out of mind, aside from adjusting the thermostat.
Furnace repairs are sometimes unavoidable. Electrical components, like motors and electrical relays, can fail just as a light bulb fails. You would expect these parts to last for many years, and while they usually do, they will occasionally burn out before then.
There are a number of things that can be done to prevent unwanted breakdowns of your heating system, and reduce the need for unscheduled repairs.
Regular Maintenance Can Help Prevent Furnace Repairs
The most obvious thing that can be done is regular air filter maintenance. Some filters, such as those you can pretty much see through, must be changed monthly. A good quality, pleated filter may be OK to go as much as three months before it should be replaced. You’ll need to clean metal washable filters and electronic air filters on a regular basis.
Ensuring there are clean filters can maximize the life expectancy of the furnace’s heat exchangers and heating elements. You’ll find clean filters do a better job at removing dust and allergens from the air, meaning better health and a cleaner conditioned space. We can advise you on the appropriate schedule for your filters, and the conditions to which they are exposed.
Most can regularly replace their own air filters. Others may not be able to, or may not want to. In these cases it becomes desirable or necessary to have someone else do it for them.
Just a few other items that may need attention are the lubrication of motor and fan shaft bearings; checking the condition and tension of drive belts; the integrity of heat exchangers; and the condition and operation of pilot lights and igniters.
Furnace Repair Contractors Can Help
An ideal way to address these issues is to have us make regularly scheduled visits to replace or clean the filters, and perform a brief operating and preventive maintenance inspection of your furnace at the same time. Arranging for a preventive maintenance service agreement is often less expensive than having them visit on a regular service call basis.