Winter is upon us and you don’t want to wait until something goes wrong to make a call. It is important to get your furnace serviced before winter in order to catch problems before your unit stops working and leaves you in the cold. Below we will share why.
An annual furnace service can keep you and your family safe. A faulty unit can put you at risk if it runs on fuels such as oil, natural gas, or propane. It only takes one small crack in a line or joint to allow leakage throughout your property. These fuels are often harmful to humans and pets alike. In fact, many of these heating units can produce carbon monoxide as a byproduct of their function. According to the Consumer Product Safety Commission, non-fire carbon monoxide leaks killed approximately 130 people in 2016, the latest year for which data was available. Many of the incidents included multiple deaths per leak. Heating appliances and systems were the leading sources of the carbon monoxide leak.
If you suspect a carbon monoxide leak, call a professional immediately.
Getting your furnace serviced before winter can also help it run efficiently when you need it most. One of the main causes of a furnace failure is the accumulation of dirt, dust, and other contaminants. The amount of accumulation decreases when you have a professional who can service your unit by cleaning all components, including replacing the filter which allows you keep your furnace working in the most efficient manner possible for the winter.
Many manufacturers require an annual service on your furnace in order to keep the warranty valid. Be sure to ask if your HVAC professional is certified to work on your furnace, as getting an uncertified technician can actually void your warranty. Keep a detailed record of what was done during the service should you need it for future reference.
Another important part of getting your furnace serviced is the electricity check to ensure everything is operating within the accepted parameters. Your furnace service should include an electrical test. It is crucial for the safety of you and your family. You increase your odds of a fire or other damage when wires become broken, loose, or cracked.
This is another important part of any furnace or heater service. It is important that your technician checks the seals to ensure the door is closing correctly. This will keep the heat flowing properly without interruption. Any debris or other blockage in the blower should be cleaned immediately.
If you live in the Tri Cities, Pasco, Kennewick, or surrounding area, contact us to schedule your furnace service as soon as possible.