Furnace inspections and tune ups are recommended in late summer or early fall before the cold weather arrives, and you’ll rely on your furnace to heat your home.
During a furnace inspection, a certified technician will inspect your furnace, your humidifier, as well as your indoor air quality and thermostat to ensure everything is programmed correctly.
There are two types of furnaces: gas and electric. Electric powered furnaces tend to be more compact and don’t have burners or a combustion chamber but instead have electric coils to heat the air and then a blower fan to distribute the warmed air.
When inspecting a gas furnace, the technician will:
Check the heat exchanger, or carbon monoxide barrier for cracks – cracks could lead to harmful gasses escaping into the air stream and into your home
Make sure burners ignition and flame are within tolerance
Check that the manifold gas pressure is within tolerance
Make sure the flame sensor is operating within range
Check that the pressure switch and tube operating is within specifications
Check the motor amperage to ensure it is within specifications
Check that wire connections are tight and the wires are insulated
Remove and clean the burners
When inspecting an electric furnace, the technician will:
Check fan and temperature range to make sure the fan is starting and stopping properly and the correct temperature is achieved
Check blower components including the blower wheel to make sure they are clean and clear of dirt
Lubricate the blower and motor
Check the heating elements to make sure they’re clean and working correctly
Check electrical connections, making sure wires are tight and insulated
Inspect the filter
Clean the exterior cabinet to remove dirt and buildup which can get into the unit and affect performance
To inspect your humidifier, the technician will:
Make sure wire connections are tight and wires are insulated
Check the voltage
Make sure the damper is in the correct seasonal position
Replace the water panel for the correct heating or cooling season
Make sure the drain line is unobstructed
During a furnace inspection, the technician will also inspect your ducts for leaks, make sure your UV light purification system is clean and functioning and will inspect your Fresh Air Exchange.
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