Ask the Experts

Why Should I Have Maintenance On My Furnace?

I am often asked the question, “do I really need to have my furnace serviced yearly, or is that another gimmick for sales?” Actually, that is a great question!

Many home owners do not realize the hours of use their furnace endures. Do you realize that your furnace actually runs more often than you spend time in your car on an average day? Think about it for a second…

Now, think about this…how often do you get your oil changed, your tires rotated or even fill your windshield wiper fluid? If you do that much maintenance on your vehicle yearly, shouldn’t you have the one thing that creates the comfort for home serviced?

Over the next few weeks we will be sending out the what’s and why’s of yearly furnace maintenance.

Furnace Manufacturers Recommend It

Furnace manufacturers all recommend annual inspections and maintenance by a qualified technician. They also have language in their warranties saying that damage to the units caused by improper maintenance is not covered under the warranty. Does this mean that a yearly furnace check-up is required or the warranty is voided? Probably not, but proper maintenance is highly recommended to prevent any warranty issues.

Dangers of Not Having Your Furnace Checked

We’ve all heard about carbon monoxide and the dangers of it, right? Well…its real and EVERY furnace has it. The difference is if it’s expelling the carbon monoxide properly or not.

A well maintained furnace removes carbon monoxide through a couple of different methods: Proper Gas Burn and Good, Debris and Varmint Free Venting.

Ensure Proper Gas Burn: Over time, the burners on your furnace can move out of place due to the expansion and constriction of the metal that heat causes going through or across them. If the burners are not aligned correctly, you can have sporadic fame burn which can cause the furnace to be inefficient and dangerous.

Good, Debris and Varmint Free Venting: Through the spring and summer months, vent piping can make a good home for your friendly neighborhood birds and varmints. Either critter could fill the exhaust pipe with their house making materials (nests, sticks, nuts, grass, etc.) which will block the pipe and sometimes make it all the way to the furnace’s inducer motor. Exhaust needs to go somewhere and if it’s not going out, its coming back into your home.

Keystone Heating and Cooling

At Keystone, we pride ourselves in the fact that we go one step further than your last HVAC company.
We complete a 29 Point Comprehensive Furnace Check on every furnace, which includes a burner alignment and venting inspection. We will check the alignment of the burners and if the burners need to be moved back into place, we will re-align them while we are there. The same goes for the vent piping. We will check the outside venting and inducer motor assembly for any blockage remove it before it could cause you or your loved ones any danger.

To schedule your Fall Furnace Tune-Up, book online or call us at 614-321-4447.