Do I Really Need Furnace Maintenance Service?
“Yes – you really do! Regularly scheduled furnace maintenance will help you save money, stay comfortable, and give you peace of mind.”
~Brett Shannon, President Peppy Heating & Cooling
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When it comes to ensuring your home comfort and safety, we’ll hop right to it. That’s because we know that things work better when they are taken care of. This is especially true for your home heating and cooling system.
There are 2 actions every homeowner should take:
- Schedule a yearly furnace maintenance tune-up
- Regularly change their air filters.
What does a furnace maintenance tune-up include?
Furnace tune-ups involve checking all the essential components of your furnace and adjusting, cleaning, testing and/or lubricating them as needed. The following are some of the specific tasks included:
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- Inspecting the burner: Our heating contractor will ensure the burner on your furnace is free of contamination, so it continues to work at its best.
- Cleaning air filters: Cleaning air filters periodically will improve air flow and prevent your indoor air from becoming filled with contaminants.
- Cleaning blower components: Since blower components of the system play a major part in keeping your indoor air clean, it is important to keep them clean to ensure their performance.
- Test combustion air openings: Combustion air openings can become blocked and lower system efficiency. A test run will ensure that no blockage is present and if it is present, the contractor can take steps to remove it.
- Adjust fan control: Adjusting the fan on your furnace will allow for better air flow, thus increasing the efficiency of the system and improving indoor air quality.
- Inspecting the combustion chamber: Any contamination in the combustion chamber can prevent proper heating and, at worst, prove a major safety hazard. A contractor will clean it out, so you have a heating system that is not putting your safety at risk.
- Fixing thermostats: The contractor can calibrate the thermostat in your home so it is set at a temperature that will meet your unique specifications or, if it is not working at all, determine whether you need repair or replacement.
- Inspecting heat exchangers: Heat exchangers are the heart of the system, especially when it is essential to inspect the system. The transfer of heat from where it is generated to the medium that distributes through the house is critical for efficiency.
- Inspecting the flue: A contractor can check the flue to see if a duct or pipe is blocked with contaminants or products of combustion are accumulating.
- Lubricating moving parts: Providing components with the proper amount of lubrication will ensure the furnace doesn’t start making loud noises when it operates and preserve its level of energy efficiency.
- Inspecting belts for cracks: Any belt requires some flexibility, but this also means it can give way to cracks. Though the cracks on the belt might not be immediately visible, a thorough inspection of the system is needed to ensure even the smallest damage is spotted and fixed.
- Replacing thermocouple: A thermocouples measures the temperature in the system, so it is essential for a contractor to check it as it proves one of the most common sources of early failure.
- Adjusting the pilot light: It is important for the pilot to be functioning right for proper turn-on of the system. A contractor will also check the color of the pilot light, as a yellow pilot light can indicate the presence of carbon monoxide. P.W. Essig also offers carbon monoxide testing.
- Tightening electrical connections: Electrical connections can loosen over time, especially in structures like a heating system, so tightening all the connections prevents one common source of problems.
- Testing manifold gas pressures: The manifold is where gas flows from the source to the main burners, so checking the pressure there will identify any gas flow issues.
- Cleaning the vestibule interior: The vestibule creates an air lock between the inner furnace components and the outer door, so this must be kept clean to prevent contamination and inefficiency.
- Inspecting belts for tension and alignment: Belts can move out of alignment or loosen as they age, which is why a professional will assess them or else you risk the belt shortening its lifespan.
- Checking gas line for leaks: A gas leak is a huge safety hazard, but fortunately a heating contractor at P.W. Essig will have the experience and equipment to detect even the smallest leak, which can save you from experiencing a fire or even combustion.
- Check safety controls: Safety should always be the main concern in a heating system, so the safety controls should be checked regularly to ensure your furnace will not put anyone’s well-being in jeopardy.
- Checking for noise and vibration: Loud noises indicate problems with the furnace’s internal components, which is why a contractor will often inspect the root of the problem.
Conduct operational test: Finally, a full operational test will make sure that the tune-up was done correctly. It’s the contractor’s way of ensuring everything in your furnace is in working order and ready to protect you from the cold.
How often should I get a furnace maintenance tune-up?
At PEPPY Heating and Cooling, we recommend getting a furnace tune-up once a year. The ideal time for your furnace maintenance service is before the cold season hits and before you’ll be running your furnace daily.
By getting a furnace tune-up before winter sets in, you can make sure your system is ready to support your comfort needs during the entire cold season to come!
*Note: If you are concerned about IAQ (Indoor Air Quality), have someone in your home with asthma or allergies, or anyone with a compromised immune system, we recommend staying on top of regular air filter changes. Our team will evaluate your needs and recommend an air filter schedule for your needs, in many case this will mean changing the air filter on a quarterly basis.
What are the benefits of annual furnace maintenance? This one simple act of scheduling regular maintenance pays back in big ways!
- Let your equipment run at peak performance. Furnace maintenance keeps your heating system running as efficiently as possible which will save you money on monthly utility bills.
- Extend the life of your equipment. Things run better and last longer when they are taken care of. The cost of furnace maintenance is minimal compared to the cost of buying a new furnace.
- Maintain your warranty. Furnace warranties are contingent upon regular maintenance. Routine tune ups are key to keeping your warranty valid and ensuring you have the coverage you need in the event of anything going wrong during your warranty period.
- Peace of mind. You’ll minimize the risk of unexpected breakdowns when you regularly check your furnace. Little issues can be addressed before they become big issues and you can minimize the risk of an unexpected breakdown.
Save money. The investment you make in a maintenance checkup can cover the savings on your monthly utility bill.
Furnace Maintenance FAQ
Q: How often should you have your furnace serviced?
A: Your furnace needs to be serviced at least once a year. Regular scheduled service will extend the life of your furnace, save money on utility bills, maintain your warranty, and provide peace of mind.
Q: What maintenance does a furnace need?
A: There are two main parts of the furnace tune-up: furnace inspection and furnace cleaning. Dirt and neglect are some of the main reasons a furnace will fail. When the parts of the furnace are properly inspected and cleaned, they help your furnace run more efficiently.
Q: Is a furnace tune-up worth it?
A: Investing the nominal fee of a yearly inspection is more cost effective than having a break down or to have to replace your furnace sooner than needed due to neglect.
Q: Can I clean my furnace myself?
A: No. Don’t do it. There are many things you can do yourself, but when it comes to your home heating and cooling, you need a trained professional.
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