Fall is here! Besides the changing of the leaves and the overpowering smell of pumpkin spice lattes (thanks, Starbucks…), Fall brings colder temperatures and shorter days. With those colder temperatures and shorter days comes a sudden uptick in the amount people use their furnaces and heating systems.

Since so many people in the Stockton area start-up their heaters for the first time in months at the beginning of Fall, there is also a drastic increase in the demand for furnace and heater services. Unfortunately, there aren’t enough heating technicians in the world to satisfy all the repair calls Central Valley heating companies receive during the first couple months of winter.

Don’t worry, though. All is not lost. There are several things you can do to prevent yourself from having to go without heat once the weather takes a turn towards winter. Follow the following start-of-season furnace and heating system maintenance checklist to help you along. Doing so can go a long ways towards preventing unfortunate and sudden heating system malfunctions this Autumn. So, without further ado, let’s get started!​

Step 1 – Change Those Dirty Furnace Air Filters​

The first step in preparing your furnace or heater for Fall is to change your dirty air filters. To do so, locate your filter (usually in a return vent or attached near the air handler section of your system). Then, once you’ve found it, remove the old filter. If you have a disposable filter, pick up a replacement with the same dimensions as the old one. However, if you have a washable filter (usually green or blue mesh inside a metal frame), then run cold water over the filter until it comes off clear. After you’ve removed and replaced or cleaned your filter, put it back in your system.​

Step 2 – Give The Heater or Furnace a Good Dusting​

After you’ve replaced or washed your air filter, it’s time to give your furnace or heater a good dusting. To do so, turn off the power to your heater (usually by using a breaker), and then use either compressed air or a dry dusting rag to give the whole system a good once over. After you’ve dusted the furnace, it’s time to turn the power back on to the system. ​

Step 3 – Run the Heater Through a Cycle of Operation and Look/Listen for Problems​

Once you’ve changed your filters and dusted your system, run the system through a cycle of operation. During both startup and while it’s running, listen for anything that sounds kind of, well, off. If everything sounds okay, and your heating system has no trouble getting your home up to temperature, then you’re done!

However, if you hear anything knocking, your fan working too hard, or sputtering in the burners, then turn off the system and give us here at Rod Johnson Air Conditioning a call before you use the system again.​

A Bit Much? Contact Rod Johnson Air Conditioning For Assistance​

If you don’t want to mess with all this technical heating system stuff, then don’t fret. You can always contact the Stockton heating professionals here at Rod Johnson Air Conditioning for help. We’ve been providing the Central Valley area with heater start-up services since 1968, and we always come highly recommended by our many satisfied customers. So, what are you waiting for? Contact us for help with your Fall furnace and heating system maintenance today!