HVAC Tips

Your heating and cooling system equipment runs best when properly maintained. One of the easiest ways to maintain your system is to change your filters on a regular basis. Also having you HVAC system serviced on an annual basis will help ensure that your system is not costing you more than it should. Plus proper maintenance will help increase the life of the system itself.

There are 2 main benefits from having your furnace tuned-up:

1. Your Family's Safety.
A furnace is a gas appliance capable of leaking carbon monoxide into your home. Carbon monoxide is a deadly gas that is odorless and colorless. Small cracks in a heat exchanger or problems with the flue system could also allow deadly carbon monoxide gas to seep into your home.

2. Save Money - In More Ways Than One.
Just like you change the oil in your car regularly to make it last longer, you can also can extend the life of your furnace by 5-10 years by maintaining it annually. Let's face it, a new furnace is expensive - you'll save money by keeping the one you've already got in tip top shape.

It's a fact that heating technicians report that 75% of the repairs they make could have been avoided if the homeowner had maintained their furnace regularly. The old adage, "if it isn't broke, don't fix it" just doesn't apply here. Protect your investment in your furnace by having it regularly maintained.

A well-tuned furnace also burns less gas- 5-10% less. And with the price of gas these days - the less you use the better! Your furnace tune-up will pay for itself in no time.

Did your furnace seem to run longer and not heat as well as you thought it should at the end of last years heating season? Having your furnace cleaned and serviced will not only benefit you but it will increase the life of your system.

Dirty burners can cause incomplete combustion, which results in sooting of your furnace and lower yourefficiency of your furnace.

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Dirty blowers unchecked, can cause your furnace to overheat and lower the efficiency of your unit.
Improper gas pressure can cause improper combustion, which lowers your furnace's efficiency.


Procedures that a service technician could perform during a regular service call.
• Clean & check condensing coil
• Test & Adjust operating pressures
• Test starting capabilities
• Test & Adjust blower components
• Lubricate necessary moving parts
• Test all safety controls / devices
• Clean or replace filters
• Clean condensate drain
• Test voltage and amp draw of motors
• Calibrate thermostat
• Measure temperature differences
• Clean evaporator if accessible