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Make Your Furnace Happy With A Fall Tune-Up


We’ve all heard the famous saying “If it ain’t broke, don’t fix it.” However, that is not good advice in the HVAC industry.

Any heating and cooling professional will tell you that regular maintenance is crucial to keep your home comfort system operating effectively and efficiently as it climate controls your home. While there may be no evidence your system needs attention, it still requires regular maintenance. Many HVAC issues can be detected – or even prevented – before they lead to major, expensive repairs. This is especially important as we make the transition from summer to fall seasons, when your heating system needs to checked out and prepped for colder weather.

Now that the majority of the summer weather is in our rearview mirror, the focus shifts from your home’s air conditioner to its furnace. Before calling in the service professionals, there are a few things you can do yourself to save time and money. Cleaning/changing your furnace air filter is a good place to start. A dirty or worn air filter can increase energy costs and damage your furnace, leading to system breakdown and possible replacement  You can also perform a visual inspection of  your system for any obvious signs of wear and tear or external damage.

Now it is time to call an HVAC service professional to perform fall maintenance on your heating system. A furnace tune-up should include:

  • Check all gas valves and connections. Loose or worn connections lead to leaks or improper fuel distribution and are a fire hazard.
  • Check gas pressure and burner combustion and condition of heat exchanger. A dirty or out of position burner or a faulty or damaged heat exchanger means improper operation, decreased efficiency and safety.
  • Check thermostat settings. Is your system running when you want and at the setting you programmed?
  • Inspect the electrical system. Voltage and current readings on appliance motors should be checked. Tighten wiring connections to prevent system damage and unsafe operating conditions.
  • Lubricate moving parts. This eliminates friction in motors and keeps a lid on the amount of electricity used.
  • Check flue, thermocouple, pilot assembly and blower motor to make sure all are working correctly, then take the furnace on a test run to check all work.

Keep your HVAC system happy and call us today for a complete inspection and tune-up.

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