How to Prepare Your Heating System for the Winter


How to Prepare Your Heating System for Winter

Any HVAC retailer, manufacturer, or installer will tell you regularly scheduled HVAC maintenance benefits your entire system and will keep the components in good operating order. Even more, many HVAC equipment manufacturers require regular cooling and heating maintenance to keep the warranties valid.

For the best outcome, it’s wise to use an HVAC professional to clean, inspect and repair your HVAC equipment. Twice per year, before using either the cooling or heating, contact a qualified company like Shadrach Plumbing & Cooling. Shadrach is committed to the residents of the Fountain Hills area. They faithfully serve each one to the highest degree. Your satisfaction is guaranteed! 


When your heating system is thoroughly checked and cleaned during an annual Shadrach tune-up, the technician has the perfect opportunity to catch any issues and repair them before your heating system begins to be used full-time. You’ll have peace of mind knowing the heating maintenance is done, and your system will be good to go whenever you need it.

When you operate your heating system without knowing about broken or malfunctioning parts, you run the risk of an even bigger problem or possibly a complete system failure. Choosing Shadrach for your heating or HVAC system maintenance allows you to be proactive regarding the care of your furnace, heat pump and other HVAC accessories. A properly tuned HVAC system will use less energy, saving you money on monthly utility bills. 


If you have a heat pump, there are actions you can take to help keep your system running well. Trim any plantings around your outdoor unit and remove debris and grass clippings that could potentially get inside the case. You should also clean out any gutters that are above the unit. Regular vacuuming will keep dirt and dust inside to a minimum, helping to alleviate issues with dirty ductwork.

The completion of the following heating maintenance tasks depends on the type of heating unit you have, whether a furnace or heat pump. However, all of them should be performed by a trained HVAC technician:

  • Lubricating interior equipment parts as needed.
  • Adjusting or tightening loose electrical connections.
  • Checking voltage and current for proper levels.
  • Inspecting the heat exchanger for any cracks or leaks.
  • Testing the exhaust system.
  • Inspecting and cleaning the burner.
  • Verifying and adjusting the gas pressure.
  • Thorough cleaning of coils, drains and elements.
  • Checking the functionality of the thermostat.
  • Monitoring refrigerant pressure. 

Your HVAC system is one of the most expensive resources in your home. Don’t assume all is well. Take the initiative to schedule HVAC maintenance on your heating equipment, before you need it.

Call Shadrach Plumbing & Cooling today for an appointment.