Heating System Repair: Forced Air Summer Maintenance Tips

13 May 2021
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When the weather turns warmer, you might want to turn your attention to your forced air heating system. If your forced air system got you through another cold fall, winter, and spring a licensed heating system repair specialist can make sure it's up to the task when the weather turns cold again.

Here are some forced-air heating system repairs you might want to consider this summer.

Switches and Filters

Forced air heating systems, although efficient, have many filters and switches. Making sure these filters and switches are regularly serviced can extend the life of your forced air heating system and help you avoid an unresponsive heater the first time the weather gets cold again.

  • Blow and Wipe: forced-air heating systems generate an abundance of dry heat. This can create more dust build-up and static electricity in your filters, which puts strain on your forced air heating system. One of the easiest ways to clean out your filters is to pull them from your returns and registers. Once you remove them, you can use an air compressor or a proprietary dust remover to clean them. To reduce static electricity build-up, you can also wipe them with a micro fiber cloth.
  • Brush and Tighten: the switches on your forced air heating system can become loose, dust-traps if not regularly attended to. To service your switches, most heating system repair specialists recommend cutting the power to your system during the summer and unscrewing them. Once you unscrewed the switches, you can use an old toothbrush or small paint brush to remove any dust or detritus that might have collected in them. After cleaning the switches, screw them back in place, paying particular attention to tightening the screws evenly.

Exchange and Blower

A forced-air heating system works like a giant hair dryer. Many heating system repair and replacement requests for forced air systems relate to the blower motor and heat exchange.

  • Clean and Lubricate: to reduce the strain on your blower motor, it's critical to clean out and lubricate the bearings. To clean it out, you'll need to remove any dust build-up. A magnetic cloth can help you dislodge dust in the deepest recesses of the motor housing. Once clean, apply lubricant to the bearing. When you fire up your system, you shouldn't hear any friction or squeaking.
  • Temp Check: many heat exchanges are compromised when the temperature in the unit runs higher than the manufacturer's recommendations. Having a heating system repair specialist temp check your unit can prevent your heat exchange from running too hot next winter.

For more information, reach out to a heating replacement service.