With winter just around the corner here in the Hampton Roads area of Virginia, it is the perfect time of year to start preparing your home for cold weather. One item on every homeowner's fall to-do list should be to schedule a furnace inspection. Hiring a specialist to clean and inspect your furnace can dramatically improve its efficiency. Not only that, but regular service checks can prolong the life of your heating system while at the same time helping to prevent breakdowns.
The following are some of the key elements that a technician will address during a typical fall service inspection:
- Safety tests: Before you crank up the heat, it is vital to make sure that your furnace is safe to operate. During a professional inspection, a technician will perform a number of tests to ensure that your system is in good working order. Typically these tests include inspecting wiring for potential problems, checking for gas leaks and testing for carbon monoxide.
- Cleaning: During a service, visit an HVAC specialist will also thoroughly clean your furnace. This includes cleaning or replacing your filter, removing any debris from within the furnace itself, and cleaning the burners, blower and pilot assembly. This deep cleaning not only helps your furnace run more efficiently, but also helps improve indoor air quality.
- Maintenance: At the time of the inspection, the technician will give your system a quick tune-up. Some of the tasks that are usually included in a standard fall inspection include checking your fan belt for wear, adjusting the tension of the belt if necessary, cleaning and lubricating the motor, testing your thermostat, and testing your pilot light. This preventative maintenance can pay off by adding years to the life of your furnace and helping it run as efficiently as possible.
If you would like to learn more or want to schedule a fall inspection for your heating system contact us at Russell’s Heating and Cooling
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