Those hot Las Vegas summer days can almost make you forget that your house's HVAC system even has a furnace since all you dream about is escaping the heat. Yet, you will be happy to have a functioning heater in your house on that first frigid night.

After running all summer, it is common for HVAC units to need a little care, and doing a little seasonal maintenance before the real cold season hits is the ideal way to make sure that you won't experience a freeze out this winter.

Change the Air Filter

The air filters in your HVAC system usually need to be changed every one to three months. Check your HVAC unit's owner's manual to ensure that you use the right size and install it properly. If it has been professionally serviced, then you can use the current filter as a guide when purchasing a new one.

Once you have changed your filters, make sure to keep a few extra on hand. This way, you can avoid procrastinating since these filters play a big role in keeping dirt out of your unit and house's air supply.

Check for Signs of a Problem

It is important to try using your heater before it is uncomfortably cold. This way, you can make sure that it turns on and does not have any obvious needs for repair such as failing to blow warm air.

If your unit does not turn on at first, double check to make sure that the thermostat is at the correct setting. If it is, then switch the unit back to the "off" position and contact your local heating service.

Other signs of heater problems are hearing strange noises during startup, smelling smoke or running constantly. Keep in mind that most heaters make a slight smell during the initial startup, but this should fade quickly as the unit runs.

Inspect Your Home for Drafts

Heaters that run constantly are more likely to break down. For this reason, it is important to do your best to increase your house's energy efficiency. Make sure that your roof is in good repair and your attic has enough insulation to help keep hot air inside your house.

Then, take a walk around your home to check the weather stripping and seals around your doors and windows. If you see cracked or missing seals, then replace them so that your heater can warm the air without it escaping from the house.

Schedule a Professional Inspection

While you might notice obvious signs of heater problems, a professional inspection catches things that you might overlook. For instance, an HVAC technician can check to make sure that your heater is not leaking carbon monoxide or posing a fire hazard because of buildup.

Professional seasonal maintenance also keeps your unit running more efficiently by performing services such as lubricating moving parts and inspecting for obstructions that restrict airflow. Getting these things done now prevents experiencing an unexpected breakdown.

Repair and Replace Necessary Parts

HVAC systems do have a shelf life, and you can expect to have to repair or replace a few components to keep your system running. If a problem is detected during your personal or professional inspection, then make arrangements to get it fixed now before you have a serious need.

Being proactive with heater repairs and replacements also gives you time to make the best decisions for your household. For example, you can discuss whether or not this season is the ideal time to switch out your unit for a high-efficiency mode during your maintenance check.

Having the time to fully explore your options before winter lets you feel confident with your decision.

At Air Time Heating & Cooling, we believe that there is no time like the present to start preparing for the future. Contact us today to schedule your next seasonal maintenance visit.