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Routine Furnace Maintenance -- It's a Must

Tuesday, February 18, 2014

Because winters are so mild in west Texas, it's easy to forego routine furnace maintenance. However tempting it is to pocket the savings, it could cost you a lot more in the future in terms of your health, heating bills and the life of your system. When you have your furnace maintained by a licensed HVAC contractor, you can expect him or her to bring it up to factory specifications, which increases its safety and energy efficiency. It may also be required to keep your warranty valid.

These tasks should be part of the inspection and servicing of your system:

  • Removing dust from the furnace's parts and changing the air filter if needed. A clean filter goes a long way toward extending your system's life and lowering energy bills. Between visits from the HVAC pro, it's something you should check monthly and change when necessary. 
  • Inspecting and tightening the electrical components.
  • Checking the quality of the flame inside the burner, making adjustments to the air-fuel ratio if necessary. The technician will remove any soot from the burner. 
  • Inspecting the condition of the heat exchanger. If rust or cracks are present, the technician will advise you. Should the cracks go all the way through, you're at risk for carbon monoxide (CO) poisoning, and the technician will have to disable the system until the furnace is repaired or replaced. Evaluating the heat exchanger is one of the most important safety checks during routine furnace maintenance. 
  • Inspecting the flue to make sure it has no obstructions, rust, or cracks. 
  • Checking ductwork to make sure that there are no loose joints or leaking ducts. Besides costing you more to heat your home, loose ducts lower indoor air quality and pose a risk for CO poisoning indoors. 
  • Lubricating the fan motor
  • Verifying that all the safety switches are running as they should.
  • Checking the gas line for leaks. 
  • Calibrating the thermostat if necessary. 

To learn more about the importance of routine furnace maintenance, contact us to find a West Texas HVAC contractor near you. 

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