Every heating, ventilation, and air conditioning (HVAC) system will often have a furnace as the main component. After a tedious winter, circumstances may call for a more serious inspection to see what kind of shape it is in; if any problems are found, you’ll want an HVAC expert to fix it for you. In an article for the Minneapolis Star-Tribune, veteran home inspector Reuben Saltzman stated that homeowners can do their part to ensure that the crews will be on the mark with the maintenance.
Minnesotans have just endured a winter season that was almost as fierce as the infamous “polar vortex” of 2013-2014. An unusually cold season can bring a heavier strain on the heating component. If it is possible that your furnace may have been stretched too far this past winter, spring can be your chance to get some maintenance done with help from St Paul, MN heating & air conditioning companies like Metro Heating and Cooling.
The filter is one of the easier HVAC components to inspect for its overall condition. A telltale sign that it’s now past its saturation limit is when the entire unit is covered in dust. You will have to remove the filter and replace it with a fresh one, but make sure the spent filter is properly disposed of without disturbing the dust.
The ductwork will also require a full check, especially if the dust buildup at the vent only hinted at something bigger inside. Your preferred HVAC contractor can usually aid with duct cleaning services, particularly if the buildup was a by-product of long intensive heating periods. Plan ahead for temporarily closing the affected area during a duct cleaning to prevent dust particles from flying.
Bad Winter, Ailing Furnace?
With the airways taken care of, it will be time to check the furnace. Start by setting the thermostat at heating mode, but at a higher temperature than normal; someone should be at the furnace to see if it started properly. A telltale sign that something is wrong with the furnace is when the flame suddenly sputters. If it does, shut it down right away.
Professionals of furnace repair in St. Paul, MN like the team at Metro Heating and Cooling can be tasked to check over the entire system for potential errors resulting from the furnace short-cycling. There is the possibility that a replacement will be in order.
Spring gives you the chance to start over in any aspect. When that involves testing your HVAC and preparing it for the warmer months, it is best to have all bases covered.
(Source: How To Inspect Your Own House, Part 8: The Furnace, Minneapolis Star Tribune)