Though you may only turn on your heat a few times this winter in Ventura or Santa Barbara, it’s important to keep up with regular furnace maintenance. In fact, an infrequently used furnace is more likely to need annual checkups, because you may not notice problems until you really need the heating system. Make setting up an annual furnace tune-up part of your seasonal to-do list. Here’s a short list of tasks to check, with the help of your HVAC professional.

  • Turn it on: Good old common sense says to turn on your furnace to make sure it’s working properly, and that it stops when you turn the heat off. This will help you isolate any problems with the controls and alert you to any problems with functionality.
  • Check your thermostat settings: Make sure your thermostat is working properly (i.e., recording the correct temperature), to avoid wasting energy when readings aren’t accurate. Also, adjust thermostat for “home” and “away” default temperatures.
  • Lubricate moving parts: Just as with any machine with moving parts, furnaces need to be lubricated every once in awhile so the parts don’t damage one another. This will also increase the life of your furnace. Make sure everything that moves is properly oiled for the season.
  • Tighten electrical connections: If your furnace has electrical components, prevent a common household fire hazard by firmly coupling each electrical connection together. If any parts were damaged last season, replace them with new, safer parts.
  • Inspect the filters: You don’t have to leave this one up to the professionals, as you should be checking and replacing the filters every few months for maximum efficiency.
  • Assess any potential gas leaks: Examine tubes for corrosion, and test air for dangerous gases like carbon monoxide.
  • Maintain the pilot: Clean the area around the pilot, and make sure that it’s operating correctly.

For more information on furnace tune-ups, feel free to contact your Santa Barbara-area NATE-certified service providers at Pacific Aire. We know just what to look for when preparing your heating system for the winter.
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