With Fall Approaching, It's Time For A Furnace Tune-Up

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The well-worn adage “If it ain’t broke, don’t fix it” is not 100% applicable. Case in point: the HVAC industry.

The consistent performance of your home’s heating and cooling system is a result of regular maintenance , a key to keeping your system running in tip-top shape. Though you may be certain your heating and cooling system is  purring like a kitten, it still needs regular maintenance to keep it that way. In fact, many HVAC problems can be sniffed out and eliminated before they turn into major, expensive breakdowns and repairs. Maintenance is especially important as we approach the change of the seasons, because your furnace should receive a thorough checkup.

While your AC has delivered the goods during the hot, steamy summer, the majority of the hot weather is behind us and we need to focus on your home’s furnace. A good place to begin is by inspecting, cleaning, or changing air filters once a month. A neglected air filter can lead to increased utility costs and ultimately, system wear and tear and breakdown. You can also make a visual inspection of your furnace and other components of your heating system for noticeable external damage.

After performing those simple tasks, it’s time to call a licensed HVAC service professional to handle the tough stuff. A complete furnace tuneup should include:

  • Testing – and tightening, if needed – of gas connections and valves. Also, check gas pressure, burner combustion and the heat exchanger. Bad gas connections/valves are potential fire hazards and can also lead to possible carbon monoxide leaking issues. Burners and exchangers that are worn, damaged or operating improperly will cause your furnace to operate less safely and efficiently.
  • Inspections of the flue, thermocouple, pilot assembly and blower motor to make sure all are in good shape and functioning correctly.
  • Check the operation of the thermostat. This ensures your system runs when you want it to at the setting you choose, saving you money.
  • Inspect and tighten all electrical wiring connections. Faulty electrical connections can not only create unsafe operating conditions, but may eventually damage your equipment..

Get ready for the upcoming cooler weather and keep your HVAC system happy. Call Kotz today for a thorough fall inspection and tuneup.