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When is the Best Time for Furnace Maintenance?

When is the Best Time for Furnace Maintenance?

Posted on April 3, 2018

 

Chances are, the last thing you may be thinking of after the holidays is your furnace. Until it doesn’t work. Then, your furnace is a high priority that can verge on an emergency. So what is the best time of year for furnace maintenance? The simple answer is before it breaks down.

 

At Furnace Certification Pros, we believe in preventive maintenance and annual inspections for your household furnace system. By taking a proactive course of action before your furnace breaks down, many of the furnace repairs in the Denver area that become emergencies can be circumvented with professional inspection and maintenance. When potential furnace repairs are caught early, repair costs can be kept to a minimum and located before they become costly and inconvenient emergencies.

 

Regular furnace maintenance and preventative furnace repairs in the Denver area will:

 

  • Reduce the risk of an emergency breakdown
  • Increase the lifespan of your system
  • Increase the efficiency and performance of your system

 

It is also important to note that many furnace manufacturers’ warranties today have a preventive maintenance contingency in order to make the warranty valid. As a homeowner, it is well worth your time to check if your furnace is still under warranty and what the terms of the warranty are in order to remain protected.

 

It’s always best to have your preventive maintenance done before cold weather sets in. But there is never a bad time. Unfortunately, when you wait until winter, the industry is busier with maintenance and repair calls. And an off-season maintenance can often offer a better deal from a cost perspective. But furnace maintenance before a breakdown happens, regardless of the time of year, is worth its weight in gold.

 

For any household system, ensuring that it is clean and working properly is good practice especially when your comfort is reliant on it such as a furnace.  When your system is clean, it reduces the amount of work required to heat your home and the long-term wear and tear over the lifespan of the system. A yearly cleaning and maintenance will often uncover potential furnace repair issues before they become costly and inconvenient emergencies.

 

If your furnace needs repair work, getting it looked at as early as possible allows you time to research and get quotes before a breakdown ensues. A precautionary scheduled maintenance before it becomes an emergency can save you save money and headaches. As temperatures plummet through the season, you will be glad that your furnace is clean and prepared.

 

If you are looking for professional furnace maintenance and repair services in Denver, call the experts at Furnace Certification Pros so you and your family can remain warm and comfortable all winter long.

Professional Gas and Oil Furnace Cleaning in Colorado

Posted on February 5, 2018

Annual Furnace Cleaning Helps Keep Your Heating System Running at Peak Efficiency.

 

Regular furnace cleaning is proven to help keep your heat flowing at peak efficiency, prevent potentially costly furnace repairs and breakdowns, and extend the life of your system. An annual furnace cleaning is not just our recommendation, the major gas and oil furnace manufacturers actually require yearly maintenance to stay in compliance with the terms of your warranty.

 

Our five-star technicians are skilled at thoroughly cleaning and tuning your gas or oil furnace, following a multi-point checklist that also focuses on your safety and your indoor air quality. We believe part of our job is to educate homeowners about their heating systems, so below we’ve listed some of the most important reasons you’ll want to get a professional furnace cleaning, along with the answers to some frequently asked questions.

 

Top Reasons to Get an Annual Furnace Cleaning

 

Cost Savings: Investing in an annual furnace cleaning can save you money in several ways.

 

  1. A cleaner heating system runs more efficiently, potentially reducing the amount you spend on fuel.
  2. Your well-maintained system will also be healthier and therefore less likely to need repairs.
  3. Finally, when a problem does arise, your attention to annual maintenance increases the odds that any necessary repairs will be covered under your warranty.

 

Safety: Regularly inspecting and cleaning your heat exchanger can help reduce your risk of exposure to carbon monoxide — the colorless, odorless, potentially lethal gas that is a byproduct of the combustion process that heats your home.

 

System Longevity: Simply stated, your heating system will live a longer, healthier life if you are smart about taking care of it by investing in routine maintenance. Think of your car: Chances are you wouldn’t drive it 15,000 miles without getting an oil change. The same principle applies to getting a furnace cleaning for your heating system.

 

Indoor Air Quality: The quality of the air you breathe in your home is also an important consideration. The EPA reports that indoor levels of airborne pollutants may be 2-5 times higher (in extreme cases more than 100 times higher) than outdoor levels. Regular maintenance helps minimize dust and debris, mold and germs — improving your indoor air quality and protecting family members who may suffer from allergy or respiratory issues.

 

Peace of Mind: As a homeowner, you don’t want to worry about whether your system is healthy enough to keep you warm through another long winter. By proactively identifying and fixing any heating or cooling system needs before they become a problem, we can provide that peace of mind.

 

Q: What’s the most important thing I can do to keep my gas or oil furnace running smoothly?
A: Apart from making sure to schedule an annual furnace cleaning and maintenance call, it is important to regularly replace your air filter — a relatively simple process even for homeowners who are not mechanically inclined.

 

Q: How concerned should I be about carbon monoxide exposure?
A: While all forced hot air systems produce small amounts of carbon monoxide or CO, they are designed to do the job quite safely with normal operation and maintenance. However, if the heat exchanger in your furnace becomes cracked or damaged, it not only affects your system’s ability to keep you warm, it can increase your risk of exposure to CO. That’s why we recommend annual furnace cleaning maintenance checks, as well as safeguarding your home with a CO monitor.

 

Q: A furnace cleaning sounds messy — how much cleanup will I have after the cleaning?
A: We insist that our technicians are courteous and professional when you invite them into your home, that they use drop cloths and wear protective booties to minimize the mess, and that they generally leave your home just as clean as they found it.

 

Q: How thorough is the furnace cleaning and maintenance checkup?
A: To revisit the car analogy, we don’t just pop open the hood and take a quick look around. We’re proud to say that our multi-point checklist results in a more comprehensive checkup than is offered by our competitors. We’ve invested in training our techs to be the best at what they do — and they’ll be happy to explain what a borescope does or talk to you about why it’s so important to have a digital combustion analysis (for one, studies show that without this important diagnostic test, you can end up spending 20% more on fuel than you need to).

 

We want to help keep you and your family cozy and comfortable for many years to come! So please don’t hesitate to contact us to schedule a furnace cleaning, or to talk about any issues or questions you may have regarding your home heating system.

Manufacture Recommendation

Posted on March 5, 2017

Included below is a partial list of generic stuff that different furnace manufacturers recommend be performed annually by a qualified heating technician:

 

  • The vent system needs to be checked for blockage and/or leakage. This includes the outside termination and the connections at and internal to the furnace.
  • Combustion gases must be analyzed and compared to the unit specifications.
  • The blower access door needs to be checked to make sure it makes a tight seal at the furnace.
  • The fresh air intake grills and louvers need to be checked for blockage.
  • The heat exchanger needs to be inspected for rust and corrosion.
  • The burners need to be checked for proper ignition, burner flame and flame sense.
  • The drainage system needs to be checked for blockage and/or leakage. This includes the hoses internal to the furnace. The condensate drain and trap need to be cleaned, and the water replaced in the trap.
  • The blower wheel needs to be checked for debris and cleaned if necessary (this requires complete removal of the blower wheel).
  • An amp-draw test should be conducted on the blower motor and compared with what is listed.
  • The wiring needs to be checked for corrosion and damage.
  • The filters need to be checked (but this needs to be done much more frequently than annually).

 

In addition to this list, heating contractors say that they regularly do static air pressure checks, gas pressure testing and temperature rise checks.

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