There are few things in your home that work as hard on a day-to-day basis as your furnace. For essentially a third of the year, your home’s heating system will do its best to keep your living conditions comfortable and sustainable, which is an astounding thing to think about in and of itself. But, when we take that idea for granted, repercussions can come back to haunt us, usually in the form of heating unit repair in Tuscaloosa…
Take a look at three practices that could be hindering your home’s heating system and what you can do to mitigate the amount of wear and tear that’s added to your home’s daily heating operations:
- Overworking your heater: Have you ever noticed that your heater shuts off periodically when your home reaches the temperature designated by your thermostat? Not only does this ensure that your desired temperature is maintained, it also gives your heater a break from working so hard. The first mistake many people make is to assume that their heater needs to be worked 24/7. You may notice on your thermostat that there are two main settings for your HVAC system: “off” and “auto.” Try to keep your system on auto, so that the system is able to maintain itself—choosing off, then switching the system back on manually can throw off the system’s rest cycles and create excess wear on your furnace.
- Thermostat issues: Speaking of the thermostat—be sure to maintain the integrity of your thermostat at all times. As these units age or become damaged, they can send the wrong signals to your furnace, making it work harder than it has to or worse, telling it to heat your home when the desired temperature has already been reached. Both of these issues will eventually result in heating unit repair in Tuscaloosa and you may find yourself shelling out far more money in repair costs than what you would’ve paid to install a new thermostat after a few years.
- Letting minor issues go: Perhaps the worst thing that a homeowner can do in terms of keeping their heating system in tip-top shape, is to forgo regular maintenance and repairs. When it comes to annual efficiency checks, filter replacements and inspections, these scheduled duties should always be performed, rather than overlooked. Any minor issues that arise in between scheduled service checks should also be addressed in a timely manner, as letting them fester could result in a slew of expensive and dangerous problems.
When it comes to avoiding costly heating unit repairs in Tuscaloosa, be sure to follow the three golden rules above. You’ll not only save yourself the trouble of having to pay for emergency services, you’ll have the peace of mind in knowing that your home is functioning at its highest capacity possible, all winter long.
For more information on regularly scheduled maintenance items or to learn more about how you can improve the efficiency of your home’s heating unit, contact Adams Heating & Cooling today!