Last week we started our discussion of what's included in your annual professional furnace tune-up. We'll pick up that conversation today as we continue to walk through the steps included in your multi-point professional furnace tune-up. If you haven't already scheduled an appointment with us, be sure to give us a call.
Remind me: Why is it so important to regularly maintain your HVAC System?
You'll remember that professional furnace tune-ups are crucial in helping to prolong the life of your Cary HVAC System, but that's not the only reason you should have them. These tune-ups are essential in detecting small problems before they turn into big, unexpected, costly repairs. With that in mind, let's get into more of what's included in a professional furnace tune-up.
7. Inspect Electric Wiring
If you've ever had an appliance or operating system in your home serviced, then you may recall the technician first checking that electricity was running properly to whatever it is that they're repairing. That goes for kitchen appliances, your garage door, and your HVAC. Electrical wiring is pretty important when it comes to making sure that your system works. When the power goes out, so does your HVAC. As such, when we conduct a professional furnace tune-up, we'll make sure that your electrical wiring looks good. If any of the wires are frayed, your furnace may still work, but you may soon have a fire hazard on your hands. Whatever the case, we'll look it over.
8. Check for Gas Leaks within 10 Feet of the Equipment
Gas furnaces are great for a number of reasons. Most importantly, they can help you save money on your electrical bill, but they can also be a fire hazard because they're known to cause gas leaks at times. As such, during our inspection, we'll check for any gas leaks within 10 feet of the equipment.
9. Ensure Proper Air Flow
In last week's post, we said that we'll check that the blower wheel is circulating efficiently. Beyond that, we'll also need to make sure that your HVAC system is achieving proper airflow. While the blower could be doing its job, it's possible that it's not blowing strong enough to reach the high-traffic areas of your home. If you're not getting enough airflow, we'll make sure to fix that before we leave.
10. Check High and Low Voltage Connections
Remember how we talked about motor amps? There's a common misconception that more amps make for a better working system. As we said yesterday, more amps can actually cause your system to burn-out faster. The same can be said when it comes to voltage. While electricity is a critical component of an effectively operating furnace, the voltage levels have to be tuned into the right level.
11. Make Sure Hot Surface Igniter or Pilot Light is Working
12. Inspect Safety Devices
By design, your furnace could be a potential safety hazard. As such, there is a number of safety measures (and devices) put in place to prevent such a situation. Those safety devices include the pressure switch and flame sensors, as well as a limit switch, thermocouple, safety pan, and safety shut off valve. During our multi-point professional furnace tune-up, we'll inspect each of those features to make sure that your furnace is not only running but is also safe.
13. Check for Leaks in Your Ductwork
Much of a professional furnace tune-up is a process of checking and inspecting for leaks and breaks within your HVAC system. Another big element of your HVAC is the ductwork as it is the tunnel system that enables warmed or conditioned air to travel from room to room. If there are any leaks in your ductwork, that air will escape and your home won't be able to reach the desired temperature. If we find a leak, we'll walk you through various solutions.
14. Clean and Replace Air Filters
Now that you know what’s involved in a professional furnace tune-up, it's time to get us on your calendar. Give Choice HVAC a call at 919-435-2711 to schedule your semi-annual appointment.