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Furnace Maintenance Tips

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5 Steps for Easy Furnace Maintenance in St. Louis

We, your local St. Louis heating and air professionals know just how important comfort and safety are in your home. Your safety and comfort rely on a heating system that is not only properly installed by a trained and experienced HVAC team, but properly maintained as well. Regular maintenance ensures that your system keeps running for the maximum amount of time.

In fact, think of your heating system like your car. Just like you’d change your car’s oil and have your tires balanced and aligned, you need to provide your home HVAC system with regular maintenance performed by both yourself and a technician from Meyer Heating and Air. We have simplified your HVAC maintenance into 5 simple steps.

1. Regularly replace your air filter.

Changing your air filters can be one of the easiest and cheapest ways to maintain your heating system. While your furnace should be working for you, sometimes you have to work for your furnace to operate smoothly. Clogged or dirty filters means your HVAC system is working that much harder to push air through the home. The result is an increase in your utility with a decrease in operating benefits.

More inexpensive filters will provide basic protection but will need to be replaced every 30 to 90 days. While a more expensive will provide stronger filtration and provide improved air quality for those with allergies and or asthma. The more expensive filters may last three months or longer, you should be sure to check your furnace’s recommendations or speak with a professional.

2. Clean ducts and vents.

HVAC maintenance includes more than just your furnace, for best results, it should include your full system including your vents and ductwork. Basic, yearly maintenance includes checking to be sure none of your vents are blocked with clothing or furniture as well as simple cleaning of vent faces and vacuuming just inside any vents. A more thorough cleaning done by a professional may be necessary every few years or after any construction.

3. Check the pilot light.

With a gas HVAC system, the pilot light lets you know that there is gas, and it is burning. Checking the pilot light to make sure the furnace is on is one of the most important preventive maintenance steps you can do as a homeowner. Not only should it be lit but, the flame should always be blue because any other color could mean too much carbon-monoxide is leaking into the air.

4. Use your senses.

It is important to take the time to look at your overall heating system. First, are there any unusual odors? A rotten egg smell could signify a gas leak, which can be extremely dangerous. Second, be sure that everything is secure including any tubes or exhaust pipes. Finally, listen for any unusual sounds or anything that appears out of the ordinary.

5. Schedule a yearly heater inspection with your local HVAC professional.

While there are many steps you can take as a homeowner to maintain your heating system, once a year you should call in the professionals to run proper inspections and diagnostics to ensure your system is fully functioning and operating at its highest efficiency. When it comes to HVAC systems, efficiency is critical because inefficient systems result in throwing money out your window.

At Meyer Heating and Air, our team is available 24 hours a day, 365 days a year in case you need heater repair in St. Louis. However, in an effort to avoid those last-minute emergency calls, our highly-skilled technicians are happy to make routine maintenance calls to ensure peak performance, saving you money on your utility bills and optimizing your heating system’s performance. By scheduling a professional for routine maintenance, you’re also able to catch any issues early on before they become large, expensive problems.

Furnace Replacement in St. Louis

The average furnace will last 14 years, and even the most carefully and meticulously maintained HVAC systems will need replacing around the 20-year mark. Whenever that time comes, Meyer Heating and Air will be there to offer a free evaluation and provide the most accurate estimate for your HVAC replacement. Our team of experienced technicians will provide you with a highly-detailed estimate for heating installation in your St. Louis area home.

In areas around St. Louis, including Ballwin, Sappington, St. Charles, O’Fallon, Fenton, Arnold, and Chesterfield, having an operating and well-maintained HVAC system year-round is crucial for keeping you and your family comfortable regardless of the weather conditions. Our team at Meyer Heating and Air is ready to help and we guarantee 100% of our work. With over 30 years of experience installing, servicing, and maintaining air conditioning and heating units in the greater St. Louis metropolitan region, our team has seen and fixed it all. When you’re ready to schedule your heating or air conditioning maintenance, repair, service, or installation appointment, contact Meyer Heating and Air at (314) 334-1313 or request a service appointment online.