Your home’s furnace is an intricate heating system that incorporates electrical wiring and moving parts and components. Some furnaces also have gas components and parts. Understanding how each individual wire, part, and component is designed to work together requires proper education, training, certification, and/or licensing.
There are specific maintenance-type tasks you can handle yourself that do not require you to perform work on the internal aspects of the heating system. These include:
- Changing air filters monthly.
- Keeping the area around the outdoor air conditioning condensing unit free from brush, dirt, leaves, branches, twigs, and debris.
- Monitoring and adjusting the thermostat to ensure it is heating or cooling the house correctly.
- Identifying potential air leaks around doors and windows.
- Increasing the amount of insulation in your attic.
Aside from these tasks, for other furnace repair and maintenance work it is better to retain the services of a qualified professional as it provides you with these advantages:
- The HVAC technician has been trained to work on a variety of systems.
- You can rest assured the technician practice safety to keep you and your family secure from accidents.
- There are electrical and fire hazards, as well as carbon monoxide poisoning risks, that professionals are trained to identify and address.
- Your contractor is certified and/or licensed, depending on local and state requirements.
- Your HVAC contractor is often able to obtain any parts and components for less.
- You gain access to the latest technologies, tools, and equipment needed to maintain and/or repair your furnace.
- Your heating technician will make recommendations to help you save money on your energy bills.
- Most air conditioning and furnace companies offer affordable maintenance plans to optimize and maintain peak operating performance of your home’s heating and cooling systems.
Furthermore, as your system ages, your technician will let you know when it would be more cost-effective to invest in a new system. To learn more about our furnace maintenance programs or to schedule maintenance or repair service, contact Kaiser Air Conditioning at (805) 988-1800 today!