We were sadly reminded of the importance of a furnace check-up last year with the tragic deaths of three beautiful children in our neighboring town of Troy, Ohio. Furnaces, especially older ones, can malfunction at any time. And, many times there are no noises or smells—especially with odorless carbon monoxide—or other telling signs that there is a problem. Fall check-ups troubleshoot furnace problems before they happen.
Not only do furnace check-ups save lives of residents, but they may also extend the life of your heating system. Just like your car, your home’s comfort system needs regular maintenance to avoid costly breakdowns…breakdowns that only seem to occur at the most inconvenient of times. Furnace check-ups also keep systems operating without major problems for up to seven years longer than it would without regular maintenance.
The most common gas furnace check-ups usually include the following:
- Check all gas (or oil) connections, pressure, burner and heat exchanger for hazards that may contribute to health and safety problems
- Inspect air filter, thermostat, amps, blower, capacitors and contactors to make sure everything is operating most efficiently
- Flush drains and inspect burners
- Inspect vents for proper drafts
- Oil motors if necessary
- Verify safety controls and cycle system to verify proper operation
(Additional replacements, verifications and inspections apply to oil furnaces)
While energy prices are expected to decrease this winter, why spend more than you should. A quick and easy fall furnace check-up can help your heating system operate at peak efficiency, save you money on future repairs, but most importantly, it could possibly save your life.
Comfort Connection is contributed by Denise Fournier-Tudor, certified comfort consultant, for Choice Comfort Services in Vandalia, Ohio and winner of the 2015 BBB International Integrity Award for Marketplace Excellence.