Every homeowner knows for them to keep the furnace in top shape, they need to provide it with the best care. If you have the skills, you can maintain the appliance by yourself, but for ideal results, let an experienced furnace repair service provider handle it.
To have an easy time, it’s wise you have a furnace maintenance checklist. In the checklist you should:
Inspect the heat exchanger
Often made from metal, the heat exchanger is the core of the heating system. It’s on the heat exchanger where hot gases from the combustion process transfer heat to the air blowing by as it passes to and from the air registers.
You need to inspect the heat exchange both visually and using specialized tools that are capable of detecting even the smallest gas leaks.
For peace of mind and ensure your family is protected from gas leaks, you shouldn’t simply inspect the heat exchanger. Also, consider installing carbon monoxide detectors in your home.
Inspect the clean the burners
Burners provide the surface where the gas combustion process takes place. They also produce heat that is directed into the heat exchanger.
Regularly inspect the burners. During the inspection, look out for the quality of the burner flames and make the necessary adjustments that give you the perfect burn.
Inspect and clean the pilot lights
Modern furnaces don’t have pilot lights. Instead, they have devices that automatically light the gas every time the thermostat signals the furnace to produce heat.
Follow specific procedures given by the manufacturing company to inspect and clean the pilot lights.
Modern furnaces will also have a flame sensor that shuts down the gas supply to the furnace in the event it doesn’t detect a flame.
According to appliance repair professionals, a dirty flame sensor is one of the main reasons for emergency service requests.
To avoid save money and time, clean the flame sensor during routine cleaning.
Inspect the gas line for leaks
Do you have a gas furnace? A gas leak is hazardous, so you should service your furnace to keep yourself and family safe.
At least once a year, inspect the exposed gas lines in the mechanical rooms and any other gas connections in the furnace for leaks.
As a homeowner, you would go for the popular “soap bubble test” but to be ultra-safe and have peace of mind, go the extra mile and use electronic leak detectors that are proven to detect even the smallest leaks of propane and natural gas.
Put an eye on the flue pipe
The role of the flue pipe on your natural gas or propane heating system is expelling exhaust gases.
Heating systems with standard efficiency capabilities use metal exhaust pipes, while highly efficiency units have specifically designed plastic vent pipes.
When inspecting the other areas of the furnace, take the time to give the flue pipes a look and confirm they are the right ones for your heating system.
Clean or change the air filter
Air filters determine the quality of air in the heating system. Unlike the other furnace maintenance tasks that would require you to hire an expert to help you out, cleaning or to replace the air filters is easy, and you can do it by yourself.
For ideal results, clean or replace the filters at least once every three months. You can do it more often if you heavily use the furnace or it’s dusty, or you have pets in the house.
Avoid running the furnace with dirty filters as it will not only consume a lot of energy, and it also will keep on breaking down.
When buying a new filter, buy it from a reputable store. It also should have a high rating. You don’t want a unit that doesn’t filter the air properly, do you?
These are some of the furnace areas to pay attention to, to have peace of mind, and also keep your appliance functioning optimally. As mentioned, you can maintain the appliance by yourself or hire a furnace service Long Island provider to help you out.
It’s always wise to hire an expert as you are sure they have the expertise to not only inspect the parts, but also fix them in the event they are faulty.