Pre-Winter Furnace Maintenance

General HVAC Maintenance

Now that you have started using your heat, are you finding that some rooms in your home are colder than others? There can be numerous reasons that can cause this: the blower motor may not be doing its job, dirty air filter could be preventing the system from heating efficiently, air leaks around the door, and windows can be letting cold air in or blockages or leaks in ductwork. The best way to prevent this from happening is, getting consistent tune-ups done. We can catch minor issues before they become major breakdowns in the winter.

With winter around the corner we have an HVAC maintenance checklist for you. Make sure to โ€œbookmark this pageโ€ so you are able to refer back to it, and send it to family and friends for reference.

Pre-Winter Furnace Maintenance Checklist

  1. ๐‚๐ก๐š๐ง๐ ๐ž ๐ฒ๐จ๐ฎ๐ซ ๐Ÿ๐ฎ๐ซ๐ง๐š๐œ๐ž ๐Ÿ๐ข๐ฅ๐ญ๐ž๐ซ โ€“ Dirty furnace filters can restrict airflow and make your HVAC system work harder to heat up your home.
  2. ๐‚๐ฅ๐ž๐š๐ง ๐œ๐ฅ๐ฎ๐ญ๐ญ๐ž๐ซ ๐š๐ซ๐จ๐ฎ๐ง๐ ๐ญ๐ก๐ž ๐Ÿ๐ฎ๐ซ๐ง๐š๐œ๐ž โ€“ Obstruction can reduce airflow to and from the furnace. Additionally, lack of clutter makes maintenance much easier and safer in case of an emergency.
  3. ๐Œ๐š๐ค๐ž ๐ฌ๐ฎ๐ซ๐ž ๐ฒ๐จ๐ฎ๐ซ ๐ก๐ž๐š๐ญ ๐ซ๐ž๐ ๐ข๐ฌ๐ญ๐ž๐ซ๐ฌ ๐š๐ซ๐ž ๐จ๐ฉ๐ž๐ง ๐š๐ง๐ ๐ฆ๐จ๐ฏ๐ž ๐Ÿ๐ฎ๐ซ๐ง๐ข๐ญ๐ฎ๐ซ๐ž ๐ญ๐ก๐š๐ญ ๐ข๐ฌ ๐›๐ฅ๐จ๐œ๐ค๐ข๐ง๐  ๐ญ๐ก๐ž ๐ซ๐ž๐ ๐ข๐ฌ๐ญ๐ž๐ซ๐ฌ. โ€“ A closed register can damage your HVAC system from the added pressure and a blocked register can disrupt airflow and reduce the heat thatโ€™s getting to the rest of your home.
  4. ๐“๐ž๐ฌ๐ญ ๐ฒ๐จ๐ฎ๐ซ ๐œ๐š๐ซ๐›๐จ๐ง ๐ฆ๐จ๐ง๐จ๐ฑ๐ข๐๐ž ๐๐ž๐ญ๐ž๐œ๐ญ๐จ๐ซ๐ฌ. โ€“ Common reasons for carbon monoxide in the home from the HVAC system are ventilation blockage, cracked heat exchanger, or cracked or rusted parts in the heater or gas line. If your carbon monoxide detector goes off, please get all of your family members and pets out of the house immediately and call us!
  5. ๐‚๐ก๐ž๐œ๐ค ๐Ÿ๐จ๐ซ ๐๐ž๐›๐ซ๐ข๐ฌ ๐ข๐ง ๐ญ๐ก๐ž ๐ฏ๐ž๐ง๐ญ ๐ฉ๐ข๐ฉ๐ข๐ง๐  ๐จ๐ฎ๐ญ๐ฌ๐ข๐๐ž.
  6. ๐‚๐ก๐š๐ง๐ ๐ž ๐›๐š๐ญ๐ญ๐ž๐ซ๐ข๐ž๐ฌ ๐ข๐ง ๐ญ๐ก๐ž ๐ญ๐ก๐ž๐ซ๐ฆ๐จ๐ฌ๐ญ๐š๐ญ. โ€“ Thermostat issues are very common and it can range from having: faulty wiring, calibration needed, or battery low or dead in the battery-powered thermostat. If the problem is regarding faulty wiring or if calibration is needed, youโ€™ll want to call us.
  7. ๐Œ๐š๐ค๐ž ๐ฌ๐ฎ๐ซ๐ž ๐ญ๐ก๐ž๐ซ๐ž๐ฌ ๐ง๐จ ๐ฎ๐ง๐ž๐ฏ๐ž๐ง ๐ก๐ž๐š๐ญ ๐ฐ๐ข๐ญ๐ก๐ข๐ง ๐ซ๐จ๐จ๐ฆ๐ฌ ๐จ๐ซ ๐›๐ž๐ญ๐ฐ๐ž๐ž๐ง ๐ซ๐จ๐จ๐ฆ๐ฌ. โ€“ This can be caused be a blockage or leaks in the ductwork.
  8. ๐’๐ž๐ž๐ค ๐ฉ๐ซ๐จ๐Ÿ๐ž๐ฌ๐ฌ๐ข๐จ๐ง๐š๐ฅ ๐ก๐ž๐ฅ๐ฉ ๐ญ๐จ ๐ ๐ž๐ญ ๐ฒ๐จ๐ฎ๐ซ ๐ฌ๐ฒ๐ฌ๐ญ๐ž๐ฆ ๐œ๐ก๐ž๐œ๐ค๐ž๐ ๐›๐ž๐Ÿ๐จ๐ซ๐ž ๐ญ๐ก๐ž ๐ฌ๐ž๐š๐ฌ๐จ๐ง. โ€“ We recommend scheduling your yearly furnace tune-up prior to the start of the heating season. This allows our technicians to ensure that your equipment is fully operating. If we detect a potential issue, we will explain the problem and provide upfront pricing for the repair.

For more information on Furnace Maintenance, check out our article on The five Benefits of Furnace Maintenance.

We take pride in our work and have many indoor air quality solutions for your home. Our services range from heating and cooling, indoor air quality improvements, humidity controls, and duct cleaning provided by our Total Aire Care team. โ€“ We donโ€™t outsource our work.

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Total Aire Care is your trusted source for indoor air quality solutions in the Waterloo Region and surrounding areas. Call today to see how we can help improve your homeโ€™s comfort and healthy environment! 226-894-1000.

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