Autumn weather has arrived in St. John, and winter weather isn’t far behind. If you haven’t already scheduled your annual preventive furnace maintenance, now is the time to do it before the heating season comes into full swing. Annual furnace inspections are essential for efficiency and safety, and will provide these far-reaching benefits:
- Increase system efficiency to lower your energy bills and reduce emissions
- Help ensure carbon monoxide safety
- Extend the operating life of your furnace
- Prevent common problems and expensive breakdowns during the coldest part of the year
The tasks included in furnace inspections vary among different HVAC contractors. However, a qualified technician from a reputable company will perform a comprehensive inspection that includes these essential key points:
- Lubricate the moving parts of your system to prevent friction
- Check for carbon monoxide leaks
- Inspect the terminals and wires for corrosion
- Clean and inspect the heat exchanger for corrosion and cracks
- Inspect the ventilation system for proper venting of gases
- Measure the voltage and current on the motor to ensure they meet system specifications
- Tighten gas and electrical connections
- Inspect the blower assembly for proper airflow and operation
- Test the gas pressure and burner combustion to ensure they meet system specifications
- Inspect your ductwork for obstructions and loose joints
- Check your thermostat for accuracy
Every month during the heating season, check your furnace air filter, and when it’s caked with debris, replace it with a good-quality, clean filter. A clean filter is essential for optimum airflow, preventing dust from entering your system and improving your indoor air quality. Additionally, you should perform these tasks this autumn before you turn on your furnace:
- Seal air leaks. Air leaks make your furnace work harder and reduce your comfort level. Caulk around doors and windows and install weatherstripping between parts that move.
- Replace the batteries in your smoke and carbon monoxide detectors.
- Reverse the direction of your ceiling fans to draw up warm air and distribute it evenly throughout the room.
To schedule your furnace inspections Meyer’s in the St. John area, please feel free to contact us today.