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Avoiding an Emergency in Winter: Keep Your Furnace Going Strong

January 26th, 2016 by THS

Avoiding an Emergency in Winter

With winter comes all the headaches that the cold weather induces: shoveling snow, bundling up outside, and staying warm inside. If you have a furnace, you know how quickly things can go south when it breaks down. The air inside the home quickly cools down and you’re left with an emergency situation on your hands. Will your HVAC contractor be around at a moment’s notice to fix the unit? Thornton Heating Services will. But wouldn’t you rather have peace of mind that your furnace will do its job all winter long?

Here are some ways you can ensure your furnace keeps going strong straight through to spring through regular furnace inspections.

Change the Filter as Recommended

If you don’t change out your furnace filters regularly, dust, dirt and debris will build up, restricting airflow and leading to inefficient operation of the unit, according to House Logic. Carefully read the instructions on your filters that were provided by the manufacturer. Buy filters in bulk to save money so you always have them on hand. Some furnace models feature reusable filters that you simply clean and re-insert.

Check out the Thermostat

Your thermostat is the gateway to your heating system. If it’s not working properly, you won’t get the comfort level you want in the home. If you’re unsure how to do this, call your heating technician to check the connection between the furnace and thermostat for seamless communication. Don’t miss this essential part of your furnace check-up or you won’t be able to maintain consistent temperatures, or worse, the entire unit may not work at all.

Hire a Pro for the Electrical Connections

You may consider yourself handy around the house, but when it comes to electrical work, it’s important to call in a professional skilled in checking electrical connections, as they have the proper equipment and expertise to do the job safely. This check will ensure all wiring is intact and the connections are secure.

Any Cracks?

The furnace’s heat exchanger may succumb to damage over the years, most commonly becoming cracked. Even the smallest crack could allow carbon monoxide to leak into the home, posing a deadly risk to all occupants.

Provide Lubrication

All parts on your furnace need to be lubricated in order to work efficiently. You wouldn’t want the unit to seize up in the middle of winter just because you forgot to keep it oiled.

Miscellaneous Checks

If you’re hiring a heating professional to perform your furnace inspection, he or she will show you a list of points to be addressed during the job. Although some tasks vary by make and model of furnace, others are pretty standard. Here are some standard tune-up tasks:

  • Check air flow and air fuel mixture
  • Inspect and change filter
  • Check electrical controls
  • Clean evaporator coil
  • Adjust gas pressure regulator
  • Check temperature rise
  • Vacuum burners and controls
  • Adjust burner as necessary
  • Check for leaks
  • Inspect flue piping
  • Check condensate drain
  • Check safety switches and devices
  • Adjust belt tension
  • Clean pilot assembly
  • Calibrate thermostat

Keeping your furnace in tip-top shape all season long will ensure a longer-lasting life span for your unit, a more efficient operation and less likelihood for unexpected repairs. If you’re late to the game and need to schedule a furnace inspection, call Thornton Heating Service today. We’re available 24/7 for your convenience.