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Regular furnace maintenance is usually recommended to ensure proper functioning of the unit as well as improved efficiency. While there are several things you can do on your own for proper functioning of your furnace, annual furnace maintenance should be dedicated to a heating expert, as they are able to check every single detail and perhaps fix any potential problems before it is too late.
Annual furnace maintenance is especially critical ahead of winter because this is when the furnace will be needed the most. If you have scheduled furnace maintenance by your appointed technician, you will do well to familiarize yourself with a checklist of the tasks that the heating professional will perform.
Here are some of the most important tasks that we will perform during maintenance:
Clean & Safety Check for forced air furnaces:
- Turn furnace on before we clean to make sure it works
- Clean the flame sensor if accessible
- Inspect the flue for any obstructions
- Check the amps on the blower motor to ensure its drawing low amps
- Inspect the blower for proper run
- Check all circuitry voltage for proper functionality
- Check the burners to see if its burning clean
- Check for gas leaks
- Vacuum the furnace out if needed
- Test the furnace for proper running order
Note: Make sure the furnace is a gas, not oil. Make sure it is forced air and not a boiler.
When we have completed the inspection of your furnace, we will give you a report on your system detailing the replacements and repairs that are recommended. Although these recommendations can appear like frivolous expenses, they are very important because they will not only prevent expensive future repairs but can also extend the life of your furnace. If you are not sure whether you should follow the recommendations or not, be sure to get a second opinion from a second professional heating expert.It is important to ensure that you leave all repairs, replacements and maintenance to a certified HVAC contractor. This is especially important where the furnace is under warranty. Do not hesitate to refer to the warranty to get more details on the parts that you can use, professional services as well as the do-it-yourself tasks to ensure that you do not accidentally void it.One of the most important benefits of having your annual furnace maintenance is provision of safety. This is because gas leaks as well as improper oil and gas connections can pose a hazard. When a furnace has worn, dirty or misaligned components there may be need for more repairs in the future even as the furnace’s functionality deteriorates.Annual maintenance of your furnace will extend your heating system’s life. If you suspect the need for furnace repair, schedule a furnace maintenance appointment with Heatwiser technicians and we will be there to fix it.