Furnace Maintenance and Cleaning
Most of us think of our furnaces like they’re magic, and expect them to work forever. But like all machines, their parts are subject to wear and tear over time. And because all furnaces rely on burning fuel, the natural byproducts of combustion can build up in the heat exchanger and flue and cause problems.
ATEL Air provides expert furnace inspections and cleaning. For best results this heating season, book your furnace tune up and enjoy efficient, worry-free performance all winter long.
If you know the value of yearly tune ups, you can save with one of our maintenance plans.
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Do I Need Furnace Maintenance?
Like any machine, a furnace needs care. Here are 7 reasons you should invest in yearly furnace maintenance.
1. It Helps Your Furnace Last Longer
By taking care of small problems before they stress the entire machine, you’ll be protecting your investment in your heating system.
2. It Ensures Your Furnace Works as Efficiently as Possible
Keeping your furnace in tune will help it reach its energy efficiency potential – and that saves you money on your monthly energy bills.
3. You’ll Save on Repair Costs
Typical repair bills for important parts can be hundreds of dollars – or more. Over the lifetime of your furnace you can save thousands of dollars. HVAC experts say that 75% of repair calls could have been prevented with yearly maintenance.
4. You’ll Save Yourself the Headaches That Come with Furnace Breakdowns
The harder your furnace has to work, the more likely it will break down. That’s why we get so many service calls on those really cold winter nights. An emergency breakdown situation is not only uncomfortable, it can impact everything else in your life. You have to take time off work to let a repair technician in, and you may even need to relocate your family somewhere safe and warm. Regular tune ups ensure these situations are much less likely.
5. Save Damage to Your Home from Frozen Plumbing
If your furnace stops working in winter, it won’t be long until the water in your plumbing freezes, which can cause pipes to burst. Often people don’t know they have a rupture in their pipes until the temperature rises again, the water starts to flow, and of course escapes and causes damage.
6. You’ll Ensure Your Furnace is Safe
One of the natural byproducts of burning fuel is a gas called carbon monoxide (CO). It is odourless, colourless, and can be deadly if it accumulates in your home. We check for any issues like cracks in the heat exchanger that can allow this deadly gas to escape into your home.
7. Furnace Manufacturers Recommend Maintenance
The makers of every brand of furnace out there all recommend yearly inspection and cleaning by a qualified professional like ATEL Air. In fact, the warranty conditions for some brands specify that annual maintenance checks are needed.
The ATEL Air 20-Point Furnace Tune Up
You’ll find our tune ups are one of the most thorough available on the market today. Unlike our competitors, our tune ups usually take over 1 hour and 15 minutes: the hour is spent working on the furnace, and reviewing the report with the homeowner takes the rest of the time.
Here are the items we check:
- Check and adjust all safety controls
- Clean burners
- Inspect heat exchanger
- Check and inspect flame sensor
- Clean and adjust pilot assembly
- Clean and check spark and ignition control
- Adjust burner and analyze for efficiency including temperature rise
- Check line pressure
- Check manifold pressure
- Lubricate all moving parts
- Check for gas leaks
- Check filter
- Verify second stage operation
- Turn exposed dampers to “heating” if marked
- Check venting system for flue obstructions, proper slope and support and proper termination
- Check drains if necessary (test with water)
- Check blower/circulator static pressure
- Check for loose wires and all connections
- Check thermostat for proper function
- Gas test tag, gas piping completed and bonded
With every furnace tune up and cleaning, we provide you with a written report that we review with you.
Homeowner tip: using a whole-home humidifier will help you keep temperatures lower and save on energy.