A home furnace has a hard job, and it must work all winter. It warms the home, protects against airborne particles, and regulates the airflow in rooms. A routine furnace maintenance schedule will guarantee that your furnace gets the care it needs to make it through icy Avon winters.
What Is Furnace Maintenance?
Furnace maintenance is a preventative service that a Mr. Quik Home Services technician can perform. Our experts will inspect and tune up your furnace and heating system. Routine professional maintenance helps you save money, ensures you and your family stay warm, and provides peace of mind.
How Often Is Maintenance Recommended?
Most furnace manufacturers’ warranties require at least annual system maintenance. However, a furnace’s age, record of repairs, and operating functionality may call for bi-annual or quarterly maintenance checks.
When Should Maintenance Be Performed?
In Avon, we recommend that homeowners schedule maintenance during the late summer or fall. Furnaces work hard during the colder months and sit idle all summer. It’s a good idea to ensure your heating system is fully functional before winter sets in.
Signs You Need Immediate Professional Help
It isn’t always obvious when a furnace has problems. For one thing, they don’t always show any signs of trouble. Also, homeowners cannot always tell when they have issues with their heating systems. They might notice something unusual in their living spaces but think it is caused by something other than the furnace.
Common problems that point to a furnace problem include:
- Water pooling near a furnace
- A strange smell when the furnace comes on
- Condensation inside or outside ductwork
- An increase in the heating bill
- Banging, hissing, or scraping noises
- Nothing but cold air coming from vents
What’s Included in Furnace Maintenance?
The Mr. Quik team takes furnace maintenance seriously. Technicians inspect, tune-up, and repair all heating system elements, including the following components:
- Ventilation system
- Blower and blower motor
- Blower door
- Heat exchanger
- Electrical connections
- Coolant lines
- Air filter
- Thermostat controls
- Condensation levels
- Safety controls
Technicians lubricate all moving parts in the heating system and will discuss with you any serious problems they discover during their inspections. In many cases, they can make repairs on the spot.
Electric Furnace Maintenance vs. Gas Furnace Maintenance
The fuel source is the primary difference between gas and electric furnaces. As a result, our technicians take a few extra steps to ensure a gas furnace is operating safely.
Specialists inspect gas lines and analyze gas combustion levels. While every furnace manufacturer has its maximum efficiency levels, the standard is 85% or higher. Efficiency, or dissipation levels, measure the amount of heat lost during operation. For example, a furnace operating at 85% efficiency expels 15% of the energy produced by gas as an exhaust. New furnaces typically reach 95% efficiency.
Benefits of Furnace Maintenance
In addition to keeping your home warm and ensuring you comply with the furnace warranty, professional maintenance offers benefits that include:
Lower Energy Bill
Routine maintenance can save you as much as 30% on your electric or gas bill. Actual savings depend on several factors, including home insulation, number and size of windows, and the home’s square footage.
Better Indoor Air Quality
Part of your furnace’s job is to remove air and recycle it through your HVAC system. The air filter captures pet dander, pollen, dust, and a host of other debris before releasing the air back into the home. Technicians verify that the airflow is working properly and change the filter during maintenance, ensuring the system can keep particles away from you and your family.
Furnaces produce carbon monoxide as they operate, but it is typically vented out of the home via an exhaust pipe. During routine maintenance, technicians can detect any carbon monoxide or gas leaks that could become health risks.
Reduced Chance of Breakdowns
A heating system is a mechanical device, and, like all mechanical devices, its parts can wear out, causing breakdowns. It is normal for parts to eventually need replacing, so our technicians examine parts during maintenance visits. They can replace parts and prevent potential damage from becoming severe. Professional maintenance can limit or prevent many breakdowns.
Longer Equipment Life
A furnace is usually the most expensive appliance in the home. Most are guaranteed to last ten years with proper maintenance, but professionally maintained furnaces can often last 15 to 20 years.
Set Up a Furnace Maintenance Schedule Now
The Avon community depends on Mr. Quik Home Services for heating, cooling, and plumbing needs. Our technicians are EPA certified and knowledgeable about environmental concerns in the home. Each technician has passed a rigorous background check. We provide a 100% satisfaction guarantee on our work and want you to feel comfortable in your home, with our staff, and with our work.