Furnace Maintenance Tips

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During the cold winter, your heating system is one of the of the most important systems in your home. If you lose heat, you will be in trouble! Regular maintenance on your furnace is the best way to prevent uncomfortable mishaps, expensive repairs and ensure your furnace is running efficiently and safely this winter. Furnace Family Inc. in Edmonton shares these furnace maintenance tips:

Give your furnace and exposed ducts a visual inspection.

Look at your furnace and its venting pipe to ensure it’s securely fastened. Check the ducts for any holes and disconnected sections. If there are leaks, then it means you are losing hot air before it reaches your living spaces. Having these fixed will improve your energy efficiency.

You can also inspect the heat exchanger for cracks or rust. A crack in the heat exchanger can cause a carbon monoxide leak or the burner flames to flicker outside of the opening. If you find damage, have it replaced immediately.

Clean burners and flame sensor.

Check the burners for dust build-up. If they are dirty it might influence how your furnace is firing up. You can clean them and other inner components of the furnace easily by brushing off the dust and debris with a soft, dry paint brush and gently removing the debris with a vacuum cleaner.

While you’re at it, you can also inspect and clean the flame sensor if necessary. A dirty flame sensor can stop your furnace from operating completely. All you have to do is unscrew it, hold it at the bottom and clean it off with a wire brush or emery cloth. Once it’s clean, just screw it back in. Learn more about how to clean flame sensor rods.

Change your furnace filter.

It’s a good idea to change the furnace filter every few months, or as instructed by your furnace’s manufacturer. A dirty or clogged furnace filter will make your furnace work overtime trying to heat your home, diminishing your heating systems efficiency and in some cases, even causing the furnace to burn out. Not only will changing the filter help you save money on your energy bill, it can also prolong the life of your furnace.

Have an annual furnace tune up.

furnance maintenanceAn annual furnace tune-up performed by a professional like Furnace Family will ensure your furnace is running safely, efficiently and help take care of some preventative maintenance and minor repairs. Furnace Family offers an Ultimate Energy Saving Furnace Tune-up that involves a 25-point heating system inspection and overall safety assessment. See below the things they will inspect for you. They will also suggest and quote you on any furnace repairs that might be required after the inspection.

  • Check Blower Speed
  • Check Blower condition
  • Check motor condition
  • Visually inspect all computer boards
  • Test thermostat function
  • Inspect and test burner
  • Check and adjust gas pressure
  • Inspect and test ignition
  • Inspect and test safety controls
  • Inspect and test inducer exhaust motor
  • Inspect all electrical connections
  • Check/ Change filter (filter extra)
  • Check Humidifier (pad and cleaning extra)
  • Inspect and test Flame sensor
  • Inspect all furnace drains (high efficiency furnace)
  • Inspect all exhaust venting
  • Inspect heat exchanger
  • Check and calibrate air flow
  • Visually inspect outdoor exhaust terminations
  • Check gas connections.
  • Check intake and exhaust vents when accessibly
  • Visually inspect ductwork
  • Check combustion air intake
  • Check any mechanical dampers (Hoyme)
  • Check any additional indoor air quality add ons

HVAC Companies in Edmonton

The Furnace Family is a full service HVAC company specializing in residential furnace replacement and service, air conditioning, indoor air quality and water heaters. They are totally committed to great customer service, honest pricing, and doing the job right the first time. Furnace Family offers a 100% satisfaction guarantee on all work, the best warranties in the industry, and of course Lennox products, the best in the business.

Make sure you stay warm this winter and schedule your furnace tune up!

 

 

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