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How to Get Your Furnace Ready for Winter

It’s officially September, which means it’s time to watch football, enjoy the fall foliage, and consume all sorts of pumpkin-spiced treats. Before you know it, you will need to switch your HVAC system over to the ‘Heat’ setting. That’s why we suggest preparing your furnace ahead of time.

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Here are a few steps to take to ensure your furnace is ready for winter.

Turn on the thermostat

Don’t let the warm temperatures fool you — colder weather is right around the corner. At some point in the next few weeks, switch your thermostat from cooling to heating and set the temperature to be slightly higher than the current room temperature. If you don’t hear your system turn on within a minute or so, there may be something wrong with the furnace fan, heat pump, or blower. 

Change the air filters

We discussed the importance of changing your system’s air filters in our most recent post. Here’s the thing: replacing these filters not only keeps particles and debris out of your HVAC unit, but it can also prolong its life. So take the time to swap out your air filters, even if they’re behind a vent grill in the ceiling or wall.

Cover the AC condenser

The last thing you want is for falling icicles to damage your HVAC unit this winter. Save yourself a headache and unnecessary repair costs and cover your AC condenser before the season’s first freeze. A large trash can lid secured with bungee cords should do the trick.

Clean the heat exchanger

This is something you should leave to the professionals. When cleaning a heat exchanger, a trained expert will look for any cracks, which could signal a future carbon monoxide leak into your home. Keep in mind that this part of your system should only be cleaned while the unit is disabled.

Test the ignitor switch

If you recently replaced your HVAC system, you’ll see that it has an electronic ignitor. Whereas you would have to relight the pilot on an older system, all you have to do in order to test the igniter switch on a newer system is push the reset button. If the system doesn’t work even after you check the breaker, contact a local heating repair expert to take a look.

Our Heating Repair Specialists

Here at Calvary Plumbing and Heating, we know that Fort Collins is in for another brutal winter. Sure, it might be in the 70s outside as we write this post. But it’s important to take a proactive approach to furnace maintenance so that when colder temperatures arrive, your furnace is ready to go.

Calvary Plumbing and Heating makes heater repair simple and stress-free. Whether your system is making weird noises or you notice cold spots in certain areas of your home, our experienced technicians are here to help. Let’s take a closer look as to why Northern Colorado residents are making the switch to Calvary Plumbing and Heating.

Home Heating Service You Can Trust

A quick online search shows a number of HVAC companies in Fort Collins. So what makes Calvary Plumbing and Heating stand out from the rest? For one thing, as a family owned and operated business, we only provide honest recommendations to our customers. The Calvary team will never try to push an unnecessary product or service.

Then there are the licensed plumbers we have on staff. Every one of them completed their apprenticeship under a master plumber and received extensive training in all aspects of the work we provide. When it comes to heating repair, it’s safe to say that Calvary Plumbing and Heating has you covered.

Last but not least is our emergency service. Over the years, we’ve seen there are rarely cases when it’s convenient for a customer’s HVAC system to stop working. That’s why Calvary Plumbing and Heating is open 24 hours a day, seven days a week. This same-day service allows you to get back to your routine as soon as possible.

It’s time to experience the difference of Calvary Plumbing and Heating in Fort Collins! Get in touch with us today to learn more about the importance of regular heating maintenance.