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Importance of Furnace Maintenance

by forceda on October 17, 2017

Performing regular yearly inspections and maintenance on your HVAC system not only diagnoses and repairs existing problems, but it helps find and prevent problems from occurring in the future.

Your furnace system controls the temperature and moves air throughout your home to keep it comfortable while also filtering out dust and allergens. Oddly enough, temperature, movement, and dust are the very things that wear down HVAC systems. Heat exchangers undergo thermal stress by expanding and contracting, blower motors vibrate while spinning at high speeds to circulate the air, and the whole system is pulling in and filtering out dust. A yearly preventative maintenance inspection by a qualified service technician can keep your HVAC functioning at peak efficiency by identifying problems from thermal stress, movement, or dust. Common problems can be:

  • Duct work loosened due to normal thermal expansion and contraction;
  • Blower motor bearings in need of lubrication;
  • Replacing of air filter and cleaning of dust from blower fan blades and AC condensing coil.

An inspection can also find and repair less than obvious problems like:

  • Loose blower belt;
  • Improperly firing burners;
  • Blocked condensate drain;
  • Loose wiring harnesses;
  • Slowly leaking coolant from the AC system.

Often a service technician can tell you common minor issues about your furnace make and model that you can solve yourself in the future. Plus, they’ll perform a multi-point safety check to verify your system’s safe operation.

A yearly maintenance inspection keeps your HVAC running like new and improves your energy savings. You can expect safer operation from an inspection by monitoring your HVAC’s performance and condition, you’ll enjoy its longer life and lower chances for an expensive break down.

The best way to keep your furnace stay efficient and reliable is to have it inspected before you really need it. Before cold weather strikes, set up an appointment to have your heating system inspected by an expert. Yearly fall maintenance can save you time, frustration, and money when it’s done right by inspection a licensed technician from Direct Energy.

Below are some pictures of dirty units that we have serviced recently. These units had to be replaced because they were not serviced regularly.

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Before the cold weather hits, experts recommend having a professional service your furnace to keep it in good running order and prevent it from conking out when you need it most.

HVAC experts say an annual furnace inspection and service will prolong the life of the system, save energy and decrease health risks.

“The manufacturers that built them all agree on this; you should get it serviced once [a year] for heating and once for cooling,” “Tuning it up and checking it out is definitely recommended. Much like a car, if you ignore it, a lot more things break. You [will] extend the life of it and help prevent major breakdowns.”

Benefits of a furnace inspection

Some HVAC experts say up to 75 percent of no-heat calls in the winter are related to a lack of maintenance. Left un serviced, a furnace can stop working suddenly, leaving your family in the cold.

It can also be a health hazard. Technicians say a furnace inspection can reveal carbon monoxide leaks, which are hard to detect because the gas is colorless and odorless. Carbon monoxide can lead to headaches, dizziness, nausea and even death. An estimated 500 people die each year, and 15,000 people are taken to emergency rooms, because of exposure.

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