The most frequent question about furnace maintenance is how often it should be done. Experts recommend a professional service for furnace troubleshooting some time before cold weather hits. Read on to know why.
By undertaking furnace maintenance before the cold weather, your system wont conk out when you need it the most. Take note of this; about 75% of all ''no heat'' calls made to HVAC companies in winter are related to poor (and even lack of) maintenance. Just like your car, the more you ignore a problem, the more things start to jam. The bottomline is; arrange for a furnace inspection at least twice a year. Doing so not only prolongs the 'life' of the system, it also saves energy and decreases your exposure to health hazards.
Benefits of furnace inspection
If the furnace is left unserviced for long, chances are highly likely that it can stop working suddenly leaving your household cold. Carbon monoxide accumulates in the system and poses a health hazard if nothing is done about it.
This odorless and colorless gas often leads to nausea, dizziness, headaches and in extreme cases death. Don't be a statistic (about 500 people succumb and 15 000 are taken to emergency rooms as a result of this exposure). Contact a professional furnace repair and maintenance service to eliminate this threat.
A poorly-maintained furnace does not function as efficiently as it should. In fact it works harder thus increasing your energy bill. All it takes is a small tune-up of the system (of course at a reasonable fee) and the system should be working at its optimal level. During furnace maintenance, the following components may be tinkered;
1. The condensate drain is cleaned such that it is devoid of any obstruction
2.The start-up and shut-down controls are checked.
3. The filters may be changed
4. All moving parts are lubricated and so much more.
As is evident, this service should be undertaken by a professional. Most plumbing service companies should be in a good position to offer their expertise.
Get the right technician
The furnace is a complex system. Any attempts to repair it on your own could void the warranty. To avoid such a scenario, call in a furnace repair and maintenance service. All states have licensing requirements for such contractors so when you're done with the selection, make a point of ensuring that the contractor you've called for the job is insured, bonded and has been listed in the Better Business Bureau (BBB).
Check out Google Review, Yelp or Angie's List for an honest review of the service provider. These authority sites allow clients who have used furnace repair and maintenance services in to give their feedback about the quality of the service they received. That should help you get started.
Don't be left out in the cold
Get your furnace back to its optimal performance level and protect your family from potential health hazards that an unserviced one poses. Call in a professional furnace repair and maintenance service. Get the best one that your town has to offer. You deserve the best.
Additional furnace troubleshooting tips for you
These usually apply when your furnace runs but the heat provided is just not enough;
* Make sure that nothing is blocking the flow of air into the system.
* Check to see whether the thermostat is working - for this, raise the temperatures to 5 degrees then wait for a few minutes.
* Check the air filter; if it's clogged with dirt, replace it. Otherwise ensure that the rooms' heating registers are open.
What to do when the furnace doesn't heat at all
1. Ensure that the system or rather the heater's thermostat is set to heat.
2. Check to see whether the circuit breaker is on and if the fuse hasn't blown.
3. Confirm that the furnace has been turned on - if it isn't then that could be the reason as to why you aren't getting heat.
4. In case you suspect an overload then reset the furnace. This can be done by switching on a reset button which is located near the blower's power switch.
Note that these furnace troubleshooting tips should help you figure out where the problems is. When a pro comes in, let them handle the problem. Don't jeopardize yourself by tinkering with the furnace.