New Homeowner Equipment Checklist

Written on: January 24, 2022

Santa Energy is here to help!

hvac equipment service connecticutAre you one of the many who have purchased a home in towns such as Fairfield, Weston, Newtown, and Stamford recently? Perhaps you moved up from New York City or decided to go from renting to buying for more space to accommodate remote work.

Whatever the reason, welcome to Southwestern Connecticut! Santa Energy is the region’s leader for HVAC and comfort equipment installation, maintenance, and repair, as well as heating oil and propane delivery. We’ll help you keep your new home safe, warm, and comfortable all year ‘round.

You may have questions about your home’s equipment, especially if you’re new to home ownership. Here are some key things you need to do for your equipment to keep it running at its best performance and efficiency, as well as prevent breakdowns and repair bills.

Furnaces and boilers

Home heating systems need annual maintenance to provide peak efficiency, meaning you’ll use the least amount of fuel possible to heat your home. That can save you a lot of money on energy costs. Santa Energy service technicians will perform a tune-up and thoroughly inspect your heating system, allowing them to detect and fix problems before they get worse.

Unless there is documentation of prior service, it’s best to assume your heating system isn’t tuned up and schedule one either before or soon after you move in.

We recommend scheduling your tune-up in early spring or late summer, when our calendar is more open, so you can get a time and date that are convenient for you.

If you own a furnace, you need to check your air filter once a month and change as needed. A clogged air filter reduces your furnace’s efficiency and performance and can cause breakdowns.

Homes with ductwork for HVAC systems need to have the ductwork cleaned every three to five years.

Air conditioners

Central air conditioners need an annual tune-up that includes cleaning the condenser coils, cleaning and lubricating moving parts, checking the coolant level and adding more if needed, a calibration of the thermostat, an inspection of electrical connections and tightening if needed, and an inspection and evaluation of the blower motor and blower belt.

Early spring or fall is an optimal time to get your A/C tuned up for convenient scheduling. Also, check the filter once a month and change as needed.

Water heaters

Water heaters need attention, too. You should check on it regularly, looking for signs of tank damage such as damp floor around the tank or rust on the tank.

An annual tune-up is recommended for water heaters. It includes an inspection as well as draining and flushing the tank to prevent sediment buildup, checking the sacrificial anode rod and replacing as needed, testing the temperature-pressure release valve, inspecting and cleaning the burner assembly, inspecting the ventilation, and inspecting the gas valve if your water heater is run on propane or natural gas.

Santa Energy provides comfort you can count on. Contact us for all your heating, cooling, and comfort needs for your new home!