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How Annual Furnace Maintenance Can Save You Money


furnace maintenanceChances are your furnace is the most expensive appliance in your home and if you want it to run optimally, last for years and keep your family safe, annual maintenance is a MUST.

Typically, the cost of an annual heating system tune-up will run between $100-$175 but it will result in a savings of 5% -10% on heating costs each heating season.

Professional furnace maintenance performed by a qualified HVAC professional should include:

  1. Test the duct system for carbon monoxide

  2. Test the ignition system for safe and proper operation

  3. Inspect for combustible material around furnace

  4. Calibrate and level thermostat

  5. Inspect exhaust system for proper venting

  6. Measure the temperature difference between supply and return ducts

  7. Test safety and control circuts for proper operation

  8. Inspect and adjust fan belt tension (if applicable)

  9. Clean or replace existing filter(s)

  10. Brush, clean and vacuum burner

  11. Brush, clean and vacuum heat exchangers

  12. Visually inspect heat exchanger for wear and cracks

  13. Measure and adjust gas pressure for peak efficiency

  14. Lubricate all moving parts, per manufacturer

  15. Measure amperage and voltage of blower

  16. Tighten and inspect all electrical wiring

  17. Test for natural gas leaks

There is also maintenace you can do yourself to keep your heating system running safely and efficiently.

  • Replace the filter every 4 weeks during heating season.

  • Install a carbon monoxide detector in your furnace room. If the detector indicates a build up of carbon monoxide at any time, have your furnace professionally inspected immediately.

  • Clean warm-air registers, hot water baseboard heaters and radiators as needed; make sure they're not blocked by furniture, carpeting or drapes.

  • Install a programmable thermostat and set the temperature back 10 degrees when you are sleeping or not at home. You will save 1% of your heating cost for each degree you set the temperature back.



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