Discount on San Diego Fall Heater Inspection & Tune-Up
Weather forecasters predict a raucous and rainy El Nino this winter (see our blog post, San Diego’s Super El Nino on Way in 2015). We have all seen frost on the grass a time or two as well. While warm days may carry us into December, making sure the heater performs optimally before January avoids unpleasant surprises and even helps save on energy bills. And this is not just us talking! Angie’s List says, “A yearly furnace inspection will prolong the life of your HVAC system and save on your energy bills.”
Family owned and operated Perry Plumbing Heating & Air’s fall heater inspection and tune-up not only avoids unpleasant repair surprises, it gets your unit in prime operating condition. A well-oiled, well-adjusted machine saves you money on both energy and repair bills. Keep reading to find out just what we do to spiff up your heater for the cold days and nights ahead.
The Heater’s Parts Can Fail Just Like a Car’s Do
Did you know the typical heater in San Diego contains hundreds of parts? Beyond the failure of any one of these, the heater unit itself is prone to dust ingestion, rust from moisture and, of course, wear. It baffles us that people who get their car’s oil changed every six months without fail cannot understand why the heater needs yearly maintenance.
Just six of the 24 points we address on in our fall heater inspection and tune up we come to your home include:
- Clean the unit to improve efficiency (saves $ on energy bill)
- Check the controls (safety)
- Test electrical connections and voltage to avert component failure
- Oil moving parts
- Check condensate drain for blockages
- Change air filter (this should actually be changed every 3 months according to Energy Star)
If you are looking at this post, chances are, your heater has already been showing signs of wear. Below, we cover the indicators that it is tune-up-time. Do pay attention to these noises. Particularly when we can rectify them so quickly and affordably, it is worth your time to get them fixed correctly before temperatures drop to thirty degrees.
Signs of a Faltering Heater
- Unusual groaning, banging or whining noises. This could indicate problems with the ignition, belt or another component.
- Insufficient heat. Where before, turning on the heat resulted quickly in toasty air, now you keep pushing the knob up and up with no luck. A faulty thermostat, leaking ducts or pilot light issue could be behind your cold nose and toes. Another indication is a rising electricity bill. In trying to warm the home, family members push the system to high too often.
- Yellow flame on pilot light. A yellow burn indicates that the gases are not in ideal balance. An abundance of carbon monoxide could be an issue.
- Furnace starts slow and cuts out frequently. Pay attention to the typical sounds when you raise or lower furnace temperature. Is there a pause before it comes on? Does it cut out immediately after turning on? Faulty wiring, thermostat or other parts could be to blame.
- Frequent drafts. Cold spots and drafts in the home could indicate the heater is working inadequately. The home builder installed a heater to handle all your square footage and it should be meeting the challenge.
Perry Plumbing Heating & Air Provides the Heater Inspection that Keeps Your Heater Running Reliably and Longer
The typical home furnace in Southern California typically lasts 10 to 12 years. If yours is acting up, do not hesitate to call Perry Plumbing Heating & Air at 619-472-2112 to explain the strange behavior. More importantly, if you haven’t had your heater inspected in the last year, you must do it now. Going two years without an inspection raises the likelihood of a breakdown. You can also schedule an appointment here, explaining that you need a heater inspection and tune-up. We’ll make sure to get an experienced, licensed and bonded technician to your home quickly within a two-hour window. Our 5-star ratings on Yelp, Google Plus and more should reassure you that we are dedicated to high quality work.