Have you ever wondered what exactly is done during an annual furnace cleaning?
Annual furnace maintenance is important to keep your home heating equipment working properly all year round and ensures your home and family is safe. It also helps reduce costly repairs that can happen when you don’t properly maintain your heating system.
Here are the items our service technicians check and maintain when they perform your annual furnace tune-up each year.
- Clean dirt, leaves, and debris from inside cabinet.
- Inspect the base pan for restricted drain openings and remove obstructions as needed.
- Inspect coil and cabinet and clean as necessary.
- Inspect the fan motor and fan blades for wear and damage. On older models, items are lubricated if needed.
- Inspect control box, associated controls/accessories, wiring and connections.
- Inspect compressor and associated tubing for damage.
- Inspect and clean blower assembly which includes the blower housing, the blower wheel and motor.
- On older furnace models, lubricate the motor and inspect and replace fan belt if needed.
- Check combustion blower housing for lint and debris and clean if necessary.
- Inspect the evaporator coil, drain pan and condensate drain lines and then clean as needed.
- Inspect the burner assembly and clean and adjust as needed.
- Inspect the ignition system and safety controls and then clean and adjust as needed.
- Inspect the heat exchanger or heating elements.
- Inspect the flue system and check for proper attachment to the furnace. Also check for any dislocated sections, and for signs of corrosion. Replacements are made if necessary.
- Inspect control box, associated controls, wiring, and connections.
- Clean or replace air filters.
- Inspect the ductwork and check for leaks.
While Your System is Operating
- Monitor system starting characteristics and capabilities
- Listen for abnormal noise
- Measure outdoor dry bulb temperature
- Measure indoor dry and wet bulb temperature
- Monitor gas furnace for correct line and manifold gas pressure – make adjustments as needed
- Measure temperature rise and adjust airflow as needed
- Check vent system for proper operation
- Monitor system for correct line and load volts/amps
- Monitor system operation per manufacturer’s specifications
- Provide system operation report and recommend repairs or replacement as necessary
If you aren’t sure if you need furnace maintenance, this video shows a furnace that did not have annual maintenance and had to be replaced.
HVAC systems are mechanical, so they do need to be maintained, and it’s recommended to be maintained yearly.
If you have any questions or comments or would like to book your annual furnace maintenance, contact us today.