Dust, dirt, and debris are a heaters worst nightmare. Whether it’s an indoor or outdoor unit, you must keep all filters clean and heat exchangers and coils free of restrictions.
We recommend that your heating system is checked and serviced at least once every 18 months; although it is ideal to have your heater serviced yearly at the beginning of winter. Also, we recommend that you change your filter regularly, depending on the type of filter you have. This alone can eliminate many of the most common problems that need fixing and can significantly reduce the likelihood of a serious breakdown.
You should check your filters at least once a month. If you have washable filters, they should be cleaned once a month. We recommend that you visually check filters and filtering equipment monthly. If filters look dirty, they need to be cleaned or replaced.
You need to change your filter regularly to help your heating system operate at peak levels and improve indoor air quality. It is important to change filters regularly to ensure proper airflow and to keep your home free from dust, allergens, and germs. Depending on the type of filter you have, you may require regular filter replacements.
In addition to changing your filters, maintenance should be performed by a qualified heater service technician. But here are some things that you can do to assure optimal performance:
- Keep ground mounted outdoor units clear of debris, clutter, and weeds; they can reduce the airflow to the unit.
- Use caution with weed trimmers around the unit to prevent damaging control wiring.
- Keep pets away from the unit; pet urine can cause expensive damage.
You know if your system is not working properly and needs service by the following:
- Is it making strange noises?
- Is it cooling or heating all areas of your home sufficiently?
- Has it been taking longer to cool down or heat up?
- Have your utility bills been rising for no apparent reason?