What does Furnace Maintenance Include?
If you’re like most of us here at Moore Heating & Air Conditioning, you’re out there taking advantage of every moment of our Alaskan summer. And we know, July is the month to fish, fish, fish, and fish some more. While we know your furnace is the last thing you want to be thinking about in July in Alaska, there are some very good reasons why you should give it a few minutes of thought. One word: Maintenance.
The best time to get your furnace maintained is before you need it, and we’ll need it much too sooner. It’s better to schedule the visit before our weather changes and most heating companies’ calendars fill up! When looking for a reliable HVAC company in Anchorage, it’s important to make sure they are doing a complete and professional inspection of your equipment. If you have a furnace, here are some of the things you should expect to be part of the inspection and maintenance.
- Check the heat anticipator settings
- Test the burners, limits, and blower
- Pull, clean, and inspect the burners
- Test the hot surface igniter
- Clean pilot assembly, pilot orifice, and the sensor
- Replace the thermocouple if needed.
- Vacuum the combustion chamber
- Inspect the heat exchangers
- Check combustion motor
- Check filter condition, replace if necessary
- Inspect blower motor and blower wheel for excessive dust build up
- Lub applicable parts
- Check pressure switch
- Check gas pressure
- Check flame signal
- Run test from thermostat for minimum of 15 minutes
- Check condensate piping and pump
- Wipe down exterior of equipment
If you have a water heater the following should also be done
- Pull and clean burner and pilot assy
- Replace t-couple
- Test T/P valve
Many companies provide special programs for annual furnace maintenance and you get the peace of mind that comes with not having to worry about it when you would rather be out fishing, and knowing that your furnace will be in good working order come winter.