HVAC maintenance

Does that thing have a hemi?

Posted on Oct 01 2022 in LaGrange County REMC
Jake Taylor
Energy Advisor

It wasn’t that long ago when our cars needed to have adjustments made to them before we entered the cold winter months. Without these adjustments, the cars wouldn’t operate smoothly or efficiently. Likewise, your heating, ventilation, and air-conditioning (HVAC) system also needs regular maintenance to operate at an optimum level. This is most commonly referred to as a clean and tune.

Natural gas and propane furnaces will need to have the heat exchanger examined to make sure there are no cracks or breaks. A crack or break can allow flue gases to be mixed with the air inside your home, creating a potential for carbon monoxide poisoning. The burners should be cleaned and adjusted for maximum efficiency. When properly adjusted, the burners will not produce carbon monoxide while ignited.

Geothermal and air-source heat pumps require different considerations. The A-coil should be clean and free from dust build-up and the system should be properly charged with refrigerant. 

Electric furnaces are a little more simple to maintain than those previously mentioned. They have large heating elements (or coils, like the one in your toaster) and blowers. The elements should be inspected for any breaks, resulting in a lack of heat.

In all three of these cases, the blower and filter should be cleaned to make sure the system can move the required amount of air to satisfy the demand for heat.

When properly cleaned and tuned, your HVAC system should run like a Hemi, keeping you warm all winter long. If you have questions or concerns about your HVAC system or rebates for replacing your system, call our office at 1-877-463-7165 and ask for me.