If the recent nights have been any indication of our approaching winter season, it’s going to be a cold one. Soon, you’ll be relying on your gas furnace in order to stay warm and comfortable! But before the cold comes in earnest, we want to ask you one thing: has your natural gas furnace been properly prepared?
What’s So Important About Gas Furnace Maintenance?
Though we build our heating equipment to be durable and reliable these days, no machine out there is immune to wear and tear over time. Each hour your furnace operates introduces just a little more dirt and grime, a bit more wear, and a slight change in the system as a whole—for the worse. This is why maintenance is so crucial.
Professionally administered maintenance services include things like component inspections and calibrations to recover lost condition, system cleaning to clear away harmful dust and grime that can impact performance, and electrical and burner checks to ensure safe operation and overall system longevity.
In short, if you want your furnace to start up with no trouble and keep running efficiently and reliably all season long, you need to set up an annual tune-up with your HVAC contractor.
Can I Maintain My Own Gas Furnace?
In some ways, you most certainly can. Although, because of a lack of training and proper tools, your options for homeowner maintenance are somewhat limited (yet no less important!). As a part of your general winterization and home care, you should add in these tasks:
- Changing your gas furnace air filter. A clean air filter not only keeps your home air less dusty but also ensures your furnace has a healthy airflow, which boosts its overall heating efficiency and reduces the chances of common complications, like overheating and weak heating.
- Cleaning your vents. Obstructed vents lead to pressure loss and potential overheats, which can do serious damage to your gas furnace. Incorporate vent dusting and cleaning to avoid any trouble, and be absolutely sure that no carpets, drapes, or furniture is blocking a vent in your home.
- Keeping an ear out. Always pay attention to the sounds your furnace is making. Clanks, bangs, pops, whistles, or screeching noises all point to components that are too loose or damaged, which can cause a lot of problems—expensive problems—if not handled by furnace repair right away.
- Watching the pilot light. If your gas furnace uses a pilot, keep watch on the color of the flame. A pilot light should burn a clean, steady blue color. Orange or red in the flame shows impurities in the combustion process, which can lead to trouble for both you and the furnace.
For Superior Results, Never Neglect Professional Service!
Taking the above tips into account and adding them to your monthly or bi-monthly home maintenance checklist can provide great improvements to energy efficiency and heating quality. But they are not, in any way, a replacement for professional service! A proper maintenance program includes in-depth diagnostics, calibrations, and tweaks that require an expert’s eye and tools. But don’t feel too put out by it—professional furnace maintenance service offers a lot of great perks like:
- Increases in fuel and energy efficiency
- Boosted heating performance
- Better indoor air quality
- Extended lifespans for your gas furnace and its components
Professional Heating Maintenance in Cuyahoga County, OH
Looking for maintenance specialists with the skills, the knowledge, and the tools to perform a top-class gas furnace maintenance? Contact Blind & Sons today to find out how you can save more with a Maintenance Value Plan, or to schedule your annual gas furnace service!