Edmonton Heating and Furnace Tune-Up and Safety Inspection
Furnace Maintenance and Tune-Ups
Furnace manufacturers and technicians alike recommend that HVAC equipment be inspected and maintained by a qualified technician every year, preferably before the heating system begins. Regular maintenance will ensure safe, efficient, and reliable operation. Most manufacturer warranties also include language that says any damage caused to the furnace as a result of improper maintenance will not be covered.
Does this mean that a yearly inspection is essential for your warranties to remain valid? It depends, but if you want to make sure that your manufacturer warranties remain in effect, schedule heating maintenance every year!
Benefits of Annual Maintenance
The purpose of a tune up is to ensure that all parts are working efficiently. If any problems are spotted, they can be fixed before causing major breakdowns. Additionally, a heating tune-up will improve your energy efficiency and save you money on your utility bills, effectively paying for the cost of the maintenance itself. A neglected furnace won’t work as well as it should, and you could find yourself without heat on a cold day.
Maintaining your furnace actually saves money, even though homeowners don’t like paying for the cost of the tune up. But whether your furnace runs on gas or electric, it will use more energy if it has to work harder to run correctly. Annual inspections ensure that your furnace is running at peak performance, lowering energy consumption and utility bills by as much as 30 percent!
Furnace inspections are also important for safety reasons. A qualified technician can identify carbon monoxide leaks, which are nearly impossible to detect on your own. Carbon monoxide is odorless and colorless, and it can lead to headaches, dizziness, nausea and even death.
Make sure you check your carbon monoxide batteries every 30 days and replace them after 5 years of operation. Remember to check your smoke alarms every month as well and replace after 10 years.
What’s Does a Tune-Up Include?
So what is done during a furnace tune up? Although it may look simple to the untrained eye, a qualified technician is busy checking many things. Some of the most basic tasks include:
- Cleaning the heating system to improve efficiency (blowers, burners, motors)
- Checking controls for safety
- Lubricating moving parts
- Inspecting electrical connections
- Checking thermostat settings
- Adjusting gas pressure and fan air volume
- Inspecting condensation drain
- Changing the filter
Furnace Safety Inspection
Most home fires occur during the winter months. Make sure your furnace is safely combusting and heating your home with a thorough furnace safety inspection. A heating safety inspection includes:
- Checking you heat exchanger with an inspection camera
- Looking for gas leaks
- Inspecting your chimney
- Tightening all electrical connections and controls for safe operation
- Checking smoke and carbon monoxide detectors
We highly recommend getting a furnace tune-up and safety inspection every year for optimum safety and efficiency.
With so much cold weather here in Edmonton, it’s important to make sure that your furnace is in good working condition. The majority of no-heat calls in the winter are related to a lack of maintenance, and you don’t want to find yourself in this position.
HVAC systems are complex, so it’s important to hire the right professional for the job. A regular tune up will save you time, money and plenty of headache in the future.
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