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When Should Homeowners Schedule Furnace Maintenance?

12/16/2020 (Permalink)

Technician looking over a gas furnace with a flashlight before cleaning it. Furnace maintenance

When To Schedule Furnace Maintenance

Regular professional inspections, upkeep, and repairs are necessary to keep an electric or gas home heating unit running. A furnace that runs unchecked for years can end up costing a lot more than the price of regular maintenance in the event of a blowback or fire cleaning. Find out when to schedule routine furnace maintenance for a home in Brunswick, ME.

At the start of the Season
In the northern hemisphere, furnaces are used most during the fall, winter, and early spring seasons, generally from October to April. The condition of the following components should be checked in the early fall:

  • Burners
  • Combustion air openings
  • Controls
  • Fan switch
  • Flue pipe
  • Heat exchanger
  • Pilot assembly

Most property owners are not familiar with the inner workings of the furnace that heats their home. For this reason, a professional should confirm that a furnace is ready for safe operation.

In the event of a Furnace Problem
If a furnace does not activate or malfunctions, a homeowner should arrange for HVAC service. The unit should be inspected to ensure that a minor problem does not turn into a major issue and shorten the life of the appliance or raise the risk of damage requiring professional fire cleaning or blowback cleanup.

Other Regular Furnace Upkeep
Change a furnace air filter every 90 days to maintain air quality. The condition of a furnace and ductwork can be affected by incidents elsewhere in a home. It can be helpful to arrange for smoke cleaning of ductwork after a fire before operating a furnace.
Changing air filters and arranging for regular furnace service is worth the time and money. A functioning furnace is necessary to heat a home in Brunswick, ME. Professional inspections reduce the risk of blowbacks, gas leaks, and fires. Investing in the safe operation of heating appliances is more cost-effective than repairs or replacement along with emergency soot or fire cleaning.

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