Furnace maintenance reduces furnace repairs and increases its lifespan
How regular furnace maintenance can increase the lifespan of your furnace – Gas furnaces have a very long lifespan, in fact, most are expected to last at least 20 years. The one catch though is that furnaces are made up of many different components, and a lot of them are moving Parts. This means that you have to perform regular furnace maintenance if you want your HVAC system to last.
Furnace maintenance can be broken into two parts
Furnace maintenance can be broken up into two parts, the first part is the regular maintenance that the homeowner should be doing and the second part is having a maintenance agreement with a furnace repair company where a professional will look over the entire system once per year.
Homeowner furnace maintenance requirements
The homeowner can save themselves a lot of money, grief, and time by performing a few necessary furnace maintenance chores every month to two months. The most basic, but probably most important maintenance tasks for a furnace system is changing your air filter. Your furnace system is your first line of defense for clean air in your home, and every furnace is set up with at least a minimum efficiency furnace filter, both to protect the air and the furnace system. This filter must be changed at least every two months during the heating season and in the summer if you run your furnace fan continuously or have air conditioning. We would recommend that you change your furnace filter every month if you live in an area that is still under construction or extremely dusty outside.
It is also a good idea for the homeowner to perform a visual inspection of their furnace system at this time. You can check for dust buildup inside the furnace cabinet, If you have an older furnace system make sure that your pilot light is lit, make sure that nothing is plugging up your furnace blower. If you have an air conditioning system, you can also make sure that the drain line is free and clear of all debris.
Professional furnace repair technician Yearly maintenance
The furnace maintenance. A professional furnace repair technician is going to perform on your furnace system will vary depending on how old and what type of furnace you have. Here is a general idea of what will be looked at during a regular furnace maintenance check-up:
- Adjust and clean the pilot light
- inspect gas lines for gas leaks
- check the blower compartment for any debris that might be blocking it
- check and clean the ignition system on newer furnaces
- examine the control box and make sure all wires are in excellent condition
- remove, clean, and adjust the burners on older furnaces
- listen for any abnormal sounds and identify potential problems
- inspect heat exchanger for any visible cracks
- clean and adjust the fan switch for proper operation
- inspect the furnaces flu, make sure it is free of any debris
- Inspect the fresh air and combustion air intakes
- secure any loose paneling
- inspect any pulleys and belts making sure they are in good condition and proper calibration
- lubricate any bearings or Motors as required
- replace the air filter
- check and record the amperage used in the motors
- test and calibrate the thermostat
- check the homes supply air vents making sure they are all working correctly
As I said earlier, this is not an exhaustive list and will change from furnace to furnace depending on its age and type. Getting professional furnace maintenance once per year is going to extend the life of your furnace significantly. They can find small problems before they turn into larger ones. It is also less likely that your furnace will break down in the middle of the night and require emergency repair service that can be quite costly and stressful.
Regular furnace maintenance will also save you money on your energy bills, a clean furnace system that is performing the way it was designed to require as much less energy than one that is dirty or having to work extra hard to keep your home warm.