Invest in Furnace Maintenance Before There’s a Problem
September 24, 2020Categories: Heating
Most people wait until there is a problem with their furnace before contacting local HVAC companies for service. They often think “why spend the money for maintenance if my HVAC system is running fine!” However, that is a short-sighted way to think of furnace maintenance. Spending the money on furnace maintenance should be considered an investment in safety and efficiency.
Investment in Safety
Make no mistake, a neglected furnace is an unsafe furnace. Since furnaces burn fuel to produce heat, the combustion process must be precise to maintain efficiency and safety. The smallest issue can cause gases to leak into your home. This can very dangerous, especially if the gas is carbon monoxide.
Carbon monoxide is a colorless and odorless gas that is very difficult to detect. If leaked into a home it is very dangerous and can cause headaches, dizziness, chest pain or worse. Furnace maintenance on a regular basis increases the chance that these dangerous leaks could be caught sooner rather than later, after someone’s health is compromised.
Investing in furnace maintenance means looking out for the health and safety of you and your family.
Investment in the Life of Your Furnace
Most heating problems can be easily prevented if the homeowner had only invested in routine furnace maintenance.
Traditionally, furnace maintenance includes the following:
- Inspecting the vent system & air intake grilles for blockages
- Checking the heat exchanger & belts for signs of damage, corrosion, or cracks
- Examining and cleaning the blower of any debris
- Checking the blower motor & testing its amp draw
- Inspecting the electrical connections, making sure they are tight, replacing any damaged wiring
- Checking the burner & flame sensor
- Inspecting & calibrating the thermostat
- Lubricating all moving parts
- Cleaning or replacing the air filter
- Checking & testing the system’s safety controls and startup cycle
For oil and gas furnaces, technicians will inspect fuel lines for potential leaks, check and test gas pressure, the burner, and the pilot and finally inspect the thermocouple.
As you can see, there are many areas where a furnace can fail. Investing in furnace maintenance keeps the furnace running as efficiently as possible. This in turn extends the lifespan of the HVAC unit, which delays the need to invest in expensive furnace installation costs.
On a final note, don’t forget about the warranty. If your furnace is under a manufacturer’s warranty, it is especially important for you stay on top of regularly scheduled furnace maintenance. Most manufacturer’s stipulate that their warranty becomes void if the unit is not regularly maintained. Regular maintenance satisfies that requirement, keeping a warranty valid.
Ready to invest in furnace maintenance to avoid expensive furnace repair and furnace installation costs? As one of the leading local hvac companies, we’re more than happy to answer any questions you may have! Request a free estimate for service online or give us a call at 1-877-358-0033.