Here in Folcroft, PA, there’s no telling what to expect when Old Man Winter arrives. Sometimes it’s cold and rainy, other times it’s below-freezing temperatures. At McLoughlin Plumbing Heating & Cooling, we’re committed to our residents to provide them with the highest quality customer service. We have over 50 years in the business, and ask for a chance to earn your business.
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The furnace is the biggest consumer of energy in your house, which is why it makes sense to maintain it so that it runs efficiently and lasts as long as possible.
You can avoid furnace problems and significant repairs with simple maintenance tips, such as:
- Replace the Filter: A dirty filter impedes airflow, putting more strain on your heater. Also, the filter helps to keep germs, bacteria, and pet dander from spreading through the house. Change or clean your filters at least once a month.
- Check Blower Motor: The blower is the part that moves air through to the heat exchanger and it is made up of a lot of moving parts that are prone to wearing out. Check the motor once a year for problems and fix any you find.
- Reduce Your Home’s Heating Load: When cold air gets in or warm air escapes, it makes your furnace work harder to maintain the temperature. By reducing your home’s heating load by adding insulation and sealing drafty windows and doors, you make your furnace more efficient and reduce the wear and tear on the system.
- Clear the Vents: Make sure your home’s vents are free from obstructions like toys and furniture.
- Call a Pro: Once a year, call a professional residential heating contractor for maintenance and tune-up.
When to Get a Furnace Tune-up?
A lot of people think that because they only use their furnaces or heaters a few months out of the year, they don’t need to maintain them or have a pro come in for an inspection. However, because the furnace sits idle for months, it needs service more than an appliance that runs every day.
Many experts recommend that you hire a heating contractor for annual service in the late summer or early fall to make sure your system is ready to go once winter arrives.
The pro will check to make sure that there are no worn out parts and that the system is clean and running properly.
If you’ve never had a furnace or heater tune-up, contact McLoughlin Plumbing Heating & Cooling as soon as possible to schedule an appointment.
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When You Need Furnace Replacement?
With winter being so unpredictable, the last thing you want is for your furnace to give out when you need it the most. If your heater or furnace struggled last year to keep you comfortable, chances are, it’ll be worse this year and it may be time to replace it. But how do you know for sure? Be on the lookout for these telltale signs that your furnace is ready to go.
- Age: If you’re like most homeowners, the furnace you’re using is the one that was in place when you bought your house. If the system is 15-20 years old, prepare now to install a new one.
- Increasing Energy Bills: If your heating bills spike for no apparent reason, it might be your aging furnace that’s become inefficient.
- High Humidity: High humidity in the house is bad for floors, furniture, valuables, and your health. If you have too much moisture in your house during the winter, check to see if the furnace is the culprit.
- Uneven Heating: Do you notice that the temperature varies widely between rooms? Uneven heat means the furnace can’t push the heat through the house the way it should.
- Strange Noise: If your furnace develops odd noises like rattles, squeals, or hums, it could point to a crack or leak.
- Frequent Repairs: If you’re calling the repair company more and more to fix your heater, it’s better to bite the bullet and replace it instead of sinking more money into a failing system.