Ensuring that your gas, oil, or electric furnace is functioning properly is always of fundamental importance to your family’s safety and comfort.  To make certain of this, it is critical to schedule annual appointments with a reliable HVAC service and repair contractor, who will make sure that your furnace is performing to specifications. Doing so will keep your furnace clean and tuned year after year.  In addition to this, you should also experience an overall increase in operational efficiency, which will save you some money every time that heating bill comes around.  Even minor issues may eventually turn more acute when it’s cold outside.  As such, early diagnosis of a hidden problem could well be worth its weight in gold.  In the end, annual furnace servicing can increase the lifespan of your equipment while freeing up some of your hard earned money for other expenditures.

What our techs will do when we visit your home:

Cleaning or replacing the air filter

This will improve air quality and increase airflow to prevent high limit cutout.  This task should be performed on at least a monthly basis, and our techs can help you choose the right filter for your needs.  

Cleaning the blower wheel and opening the registers

Doing so will help your furnace move air more efficiently, which should improve heat transfer and lower electrical consumption.

 

Checking your condensate trap

By making sure it is free of sludge and free flowing, we can prevent your unit from shutting down.

Checking flue for obstructions

Doing so will prevent possible unit shutdowns, or the hazardous build-up of carbon monoxide.

Testing for the presence of deadly carbon monoxide gas while unit is operational, and ensuring a tight seal on the blower compartment gasket.

During 2010–2015, a total of 2,244 deaths resulted from unintentional carbon monoxide poisoning, with the highest numbers of deaths each year occurring in winter months.  Making sure your furnace is not leaking Carbon Monoxide is a vital part of ongoing maintenance.  

Testing the high limit safety cutout.

Performing such tests can prevent internal furnace damage or a potential fire.

Testing thermostat operation in all modes and replacing thermostat batteries

Testing and/or replacing inducer and blower motor start capacitors

Doing so will prevent a no-start.  

Replacing nozzle/metering device on oil fired furnaces

This will maximize efficiency by delivering a consistent fuel spray pattern for complete combustion.

Inspecting the burner and adjusting the gas pressure

Keeping the settings at the manufacturer’s suggested gas pressure will ensure the unit maintains a proper air-fuel ratio and maximises heat transfer.  This may also prevent necessary cleaning of the burners in the future, or possible heat exchanger failure due to a crack or clog.  

Heat pump systems will test defrost cycle action

A technician will also test the motor start capacitors, the compressor motor amp draw, and the supply and return temperatures.  Doing any of these could prevent a possible no-start or potential shutdown.

Checking for rust and corrosion

Either of these could indicate a failing heat exchanger or condensate leak, which could harm your furnace structurally and mechanically.