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Furnace Maintenance and Fire Prevention

Posted on November 5, 2014
by Appleby Systems

Furnace equipment manufacturers design products that will provide efficient indoor comfort through many heating seasons. Internal furnace components are subject to intense wear and stress over time, especially in locations that experience severe winter weather. No matter how recently a furnace has been installed, every system needs regular maintenance to continue operating safely and at peak performance.

Routine Furnace Maintenance

Furnace MaintenancePreventative maintenance is an essential element in maximizing the operating life of a furnace and avoiding surprise furnace repair, Oakville. Equipment longevity is most often affected by accumulated runtime hours, which places additional stress on motors, the heat exchanger and other moving parts. The premature failure of a furnace is usually caused by clogged filters, poor system design or ductwork restrictions.

Furnaces are complex machines, and maintenance services should always be performed by a licensed HVAC professional. Most contractors offer maintenance agreements that provide tune-up services on a seasonal basis. NATE certified technicians periodically visit your home or office and perform a variety of important furnace services including:

  • Inspection of the heat exchanger for stress cracks
  • Testing the burners and adjusting for maximum combustion efficiency
  • Recalibrating the blower assembly
  • Testing and adjusting the ignition system
  • Testing and adjusting pilot light systems
  • Inspecting the gas vent pipe assembly and confirming proper exhaust of waste gas
  • Testing the gas pressure to the unit and adjusting if necessary
  • Replacing disposable filters and cleaning electrostatic and other permanent filters
  • Cleaning the cabinet and checking evaporator coil drainage if applicable

Furnace Fire Prevention

Since the safety of a home’s occupants is the highest priority, quality HVAC contractors focus on furnace fire prevention as part of a comprehensive maintenance program. Fire prevention services are designed to save lives and also reduce monthly heating utility expenses. Gas is a volatile fuel, and every furnace should be checked annually regardless of its age or condition.

A fire safety check should be thorough and extensive. Technicians will identify any possible problems with the furnace appliance and the associated gas pipes. Smoke and carbon monoxide detectors are checked to confirm they are in working order, and a service tech can install new units when necessary. In any furnace inspection, it is important to make sure that every connection is tested for leakage. In some instances, it may be necessary to schedule an appointment with the gas utility company for remote pipe testing.

For older furnace units, the pilot light should be lit and adjusted by a licensed heating and cooling contractor prior to the onset of colder weather. The area immediately surrounding the furnace will be cleared of any fire hazards, and the flue should be checked for obstructions and other restrictions.

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The Benefits of Regular Maintenance

Water Tank MaintenaceRegular furnace maintenance helps you avoid unforeseen costs of furnace repair, Oakville, and can provide a variety of other important benefits, especially when performed by a professional service technician.

  • Improved Comfort: Even minor problems in furnace operation can negatively impact indoor comfort. As part of the service, every furnace is calibrated back to the original factory specifications for optimal performance.
  • Reduced Repair Costs: Service technicians locate minor problems before they can cause a system failure. Preventive maintenance helps reduce the wear on internal components, which reduces the frequency of expensive repairs.
  • Lower Energy Costs: Neglected furnaces must work longer to satisfy the thermostat call. Additional fuel is consumed to compensate for the degraded performance. Optimized systems operate more efficiently, which helps save on monthly utility costs.

Regular Maintenance for Better Performance

Investing in regular furnace maintenance will help extend the life of the furnace while reducing monthly operating expenses. Request a quote on any of our affordable  maintenance plans today.

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