There are many who have heard that you should schedule yearly maintenance service for your home furnace. Many will ask questions such as “what are the benefits?” or “what is done during furnace maintenance?” Others may question the need for furnace maintenance. Today Air Supply Heating & Air Conditioning will answer some of these common questions about furnace maintenance.
Gas Furnace Maintenance FAQ
Question 1. What are the benefits of having furnace maintenance?
The answer to this question is simple. There are many benefits. However, there are three major benefits to this service. One is to insure that your furnace and its systems are protected. When a furnace is ignored, over time problems will begin to occur. When systems begin to wear out and don’t get replaced or repaired, total furnace failure can happen. To prevent failure of the furnace, have your unit inspected, serviced, and if need be, replace the broken or worn down component. The second benefit, which goes with the first, is that when your furnace is serviced it will insure reliability. When a furnace is serviced and maintained, your home will be warm all winter long and it won’t break down in the middle of winter. The third benefit is better efficiency. When a furnace is serviced it is operating as smoothly as possible. With all filters cleaned along with the internal systems lubed and cleaned, your furnace will run with maximum efficiency which help reduce the cost of heating your home.
Question 2. What is done during furnace maintenance?
To answer this question here is a basic break done of a typical furnace maintenance service checklist, preformed by a licensed HVAC technician.
• Inspection of the air duct system for leaks or blockage that will obstruct or prevent proper air flow.
• Inspections for erosion, cracks or damages on the heat exchanger are done to prevent leaks of carbon monoxide.
• The blower’s door seal is tested and the blower wheel is also cleaned. The blower motor amp-draw is also tested to ensure proper performance.
• The air intake vents or grilles are inspected for blockages or obstructions.
• The burner ignition and flame sensor are tested, again for proper performance and function.
• The bearings and other moving parts of the furnace’s motor are lubricated for smooth performance and efficiency.
• The electrical wiring is inspected for damages and the connections are tested.
• The thermostat calibrations are tested and are reading correctly to improve efficiency.
• The furnace’s flue is inspected for obstruction and damages, which helps to improve efficiency and also prevent fires.
• The safety systems are checked and tested. A furnace’s safety system helps prevent overheating.
• The furnace will also be started up to make sure the furnace is running properly.
• The furnace’s filters are checked and if needed, replaced. This will help improve efficiency.
• For gas or oil furnaces, additional inspection and services are preformed.
Question 3. When should a furnace maintenance service be scheduled?
A furnace should have a yearly maintenance services just before winter or before you need to use your home heating system. It is best to have your furnace inspected and maintained before vigorous usage. However, if you haven’t had your furnace serviced yet, it is strongly recommended you have it done immediately to ensure proper performance and efficiency.
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Air Supply Heating & Air Conditioning hopes we answered these common questions about furnace maintenancecontact Air Supply Heating & Air Conditioning and schedule your home heating maintenance services today.