What goes into servicing a heating system?We are well into November and you’ve probably had your heating system on at least a handful of times, especially at night. Hopefully your system has been inspected by a professional, and everything checked out.
But, what exactly goes into an inspection? It’s certainly more than just making sure the pilot light is on if you have furnace or making sure the filter is in good shape. There are a lot of things that need to be considered, especially in newer heating systems.
Speaking of filters, some heating systems are equipped with those inexpensive and disposable filters you can pick from home improvement stores. At the other end are permanent electrostatic filters that use static electricity to attract particles in the air. These filters are more costly and need to be cleaned every three months, but they also last a lifetime if cared for properly.
There is much more to an inspection beyond replacing filters and why a professional technician is recommended. If a home owner tries to make these inspections it may void the warranty if one is in place.
Some of the inspection is visual, checking vents/grills for blockages or leaks, looking for separations or cracks in the heat exchanger, and making sure all electrical connections are tight and free of corrosion. More in depth inspections include removing the blower wheel, performing tests on the blower motor and lubricating all moving parts to reduce friction and allowing the motor to perform efficiently.
Whew. That’s a lot of information to consider when it comes to your heating system. And, we didn’t even cover thermostat calibration, checking the startup cycle, and testing the flame sensor for accurate operation.
If you have any questions about your heating system and how it’s operating – or haven’t had your system inspected yet this fall – contact MetFab Heating today. MetFab Heating has been providing experienced services for 34 years in the Vancouver and Clark County area.