Owning a furnace is sort of like owning a car. While we enjoy the many benefits of ownership, most of us don’t really have a clue as to exactly how our furnace works. Also, by extension, we don’t know what an HVAC technician is up to when servicing our furnace. So, what exactly is on an HVAC technician’s furnace check list?
What Exactly is on a Furnace Technician’s Check List?
A qualified HVAC technician can quickly and conveniently inspect a home’s heating system. They’ll making sure it’s both safe and ready for the cooler winter months. Inspections performed by a licensed HVAC technician may include some or all of the following.
- A safety test for carbon monoxide (CO);
- Checking for hazardous debris in the chimney and flue;
- Cleaning air filters and/or re-installing them;
- Checking the operation of thermostat and safety controls;
- Checking the gas pilot safety system and cleaning it when required;
- Cleaning the motor and fan;
- Checking the blower operation;
- Checking the condition, tension and alignment of the fan belt and performing required adjustments on older systems;
- Cleaning burners and setting them for proper combustion and ignition; and
- Checking the gas piping to the furnace.
The HVAC technician’s furnace check list is fairly extensive. As it should be, given the important job a furnace performs in your home. When it comes to heating your home, annual maintenance checks are always in order. An ounce of prevention, as they say, is worth a pound of cure.
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