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Heating Maintenance Tasks for Furnaces, Boilers, Heat Pumps, and Geothermal Systems

Regular maintenance of your heating and air conditioning system is critical to extending the life of your equipment and keeping it running well. We’ve laid out some of the basic maintenance practices for furnaces, boilers, heat pumps, and geothermal systems.

Furnace Maintenance

Here are some essential tasks that need to be regularly performed on your furnace by a professional:

  • Check and replace the air filter
  • Check and clean the burner, ignition source
  • Check the flames for irregular movement or color
  • Check the flue for cracks, leaks or holes
  • Check the motor and fan blades for debris and obvious wear or repair needs

Boiler Maintenance

Boilers also need regular, professional maintenance. Here are some things your contractor will do:

  • Bleed radiators to release air bubbles
  • Check and clean burner
  • Check water and air levels in expansion chamber
  • Check for water leaks around the base of the boiler
  • Check pump, lubricate parts as necessary

Heat Pump Maintenance

Heat pumps typically have a condensing unit outside that needs regular, professional maintenance. Heat pump maintenance includes:

  • Changing air filters
  • Check refrigerant levels
  • Lubricate and clean all moving parts like fan motor, belts and blades
  • Check coils for leaks
  • Check drainage line and condensate pan for clogs or leaks
  • Visually inspect your duct system

Geothermal Maintenance

Though geothermal systems don’t need a lot of maintenance, there are some tasks that need to be performed by a professional regularly to keep them working efficiently.

  • They will change the air filter for your geothermal system
  • Check the refrigerant pressure gauges regularly to make sure that there isn’t a leak in your loop
  • Check and lubricate moving parts like fan motors, belts and blades
  • Visually inspect your ducts
  • Check condensation drain lines and the condensate pan for clogs and leaks

Regular professional maintenance is absolutely critical to your comfort. If you have questions about heating and air conditioning maintenance for your home in Gaithersburg, then call the experts at Tuckers Air Conditioning & Heating today at 301-670-0034.