With the chill of autumn just around the corner, now’s the time to schedule your fall furnace maintenance appointment to ensure your home’s heating system is ready for heating season. All too often homeowners will just let things go, subscribing to the old adage “it it’s not broken don’t fix it.” When it comes to your home heating/cooling system, though, this is probably a mistake. Just like you wouldn’t go for more than a year without having some services performed on your car or truck, your home heating system needs annual attention too.
The performance of fall furnace maintenance will accomplish several important things to ensure your equipment is operating safely and economically. Things like clogged filters, dirty flues, leaking ductwork, motors needing lubrication or a dirty thermostat can reduce the efficiency of your furnace by as much as 25 percent. A cracked heat exchanger gone unnoticed can allow dangerous carbon monoxide to enter your living area without detection. Comprehensive maintenance should detect and repair any problems, ensuring safety, economical use of fuel and also provide you with equipment that will enjoy a good, full life span.
Here are the steps your professional HVAC service technician should accomplish during your fall furnace maintenance appointment:
- Check air filters and clean or replace as needed.
- Clean the entire fan blower assembly, including all belts and pulleys, fan blades and areas between the blades. Wipe down the housing to the motor. Lubricate all moving parts.
- Inspect the heat exchanger to ensure there’s no corrosion or rust present.
- Inspect burners and adjust if needed.
- Inspect electrical connections for corrosion or damage and tighten if needed. Check for correct voltage.
- Test furnace controls to ensure the unit is properly cycling.
- Verify thermostat is operating properly and calibrate if needed.
- Check air ducts for leaks and repair if needed.
Since 1963, Arpi’s Industries Ltd. has been committed to providing exemplary sales and service to our Calgary and other Alberta area clients, helping us to become one of the country’s largest mechanical contractors. Contact us regarding your fall furnace maintenance needs or with any HVAC or plumbing requirements.
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