During the midst of the coldest months of winter, your furnace needs to keep working without interruption to maintain comfortable and livable temperatures inside your home. This is why regular furnace maintenance is so important. Proven to prevent the majority of common repair visits, maintenance is an inexpensive way to extend the life of your furnace and ensure proper comfort control year–round.
If you live in the Washington, DC area and you have a furnace that has not been serviced in more than 12 months, call Service Doctors today. Our trained technicians work with furnaces of all types, makes and sizes. We have the skills and tools needed to properly maintain any furnace, so call us today to schedule service with one of our professionals.
A furnace is a complicated piece of machinery that every homeowner relies on regularly for heat whenever it’s needed. Consider how much it runs during winter months. Assuming you keep your thermostat set at a moderately comfortable, yet affordable 68 degrees throughout January and February, your furnace will run between 16 and 22 hours a day to maintain temperatures.
With a number of moving parts including a blower fan and motor assembly, burner plates, heat exchanger and gas valves, general wear and tear is inevitable. Most furnaces can make it through a single winter without any issues, but if you continue to skip annual maintenance, you put your furnace at risk for serious malfunctions and complete system breakdowns.
Additionally, gas and oil furnaces burn fuel to produce heat. In the act of burning fuel, a furnace leaves behind residue and soot that can pose a very real danger if not properly cleaned and removed each year. Routine maintenance ensures this is done before the heating season begins.
Furnace Maintenance Checklist
During our maintenance visits, our technicians will check on a variety of things and review the actual operation of your furnace. If anything is found to be broken or working less than ideally, repairs can be scheduled before the heating season begins. The items listed below are some of the maintenance tasks we perform on every scheduled visit.
- Heat Exchanger Checked for Wear or Cracks
- Fan Switch Checked and Tested
- Burners thoroughly Removed and Cleaned
- All Safety Controls Checked and Tested
- Pilot and Assembly Checked and Tested
- Flue Pipe Inspected and Cleaned if Necessary
- Combustion Chamber Checked for Proper Air Flow
- Gas Line Checked for Damage or Wear
- Full Operation of the Furnace Checked for Temperature and Thermostat Controls
- Panels Secured and Safely in Place
- Belts and Pulleys Checked for Wear and Replaced if Necessary
- Air Filters Replaced if Necessary
- All Moving Parts Checked and Lubricated
There are a small number of other things that may be checked as well depending on the make and model of your furnace.
Furnace Maintenance Specialists
If you live in the Washington D.C. area and you want to ensure your furnace is ready for whatever the winter months have in store, contact Service Doctors to schedule a routine annual maintenance visit. Call us today to learn more about our furnace maintenance services and set up an appointment with one of our technicians.