Have your furnace inspected prior to the start of the heating season

Posted: October 8, 2010 in Buyers, General Information, Sellers
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(NC)—The old adage “if it isn’t broken, don’t fix it” does not apply when it comes to your household heating system. Like a car, your furnace is a running machine that needs regular tune-ups to ensure its efficiency and longevity. You wouldn’t wait more than a year to give your car an oil change, so don’t wait until your furnace breaks down to call for service.

A clean, well-adjusted heating system will save you money on fuel and will prolong furnace life. The cost of annual servicing is modest, especially when compared with the price of a new furnace.

There is some maintenance that homeowners can undertake themselves, such as the cleaning and replacing of filters. To ensure safe and efficient operation of a heating system, however, homeowners should have their furnace inspected and cleaned annually by a qualified service technician.

Homeowners searching for a qualified heating contractor in their area can access a user-friendly website, http://www.hrai.ca or call toll-free at 1-877-467-HRAI.

The website lists contractor members of the Heating, Refrigeration and Air Conditioning Institute of Canada (HRAI), a national trade association.

Inspections performed by a licensed technician should include the following:

• A safety test for carbon monoxide (CO)

• Checking for hazardous debris in the chimney and flue

• Cleaning of air filters and re-installing

• Checking operation of thermostat and safety controls

• Checking gas pilot safety system and cleaning as required

• Cleaning the motor and fan

• Checking the blower operation

• Checking condition, tension and alignment of fan belt, and performing required adjustments (on older systems)

• Cleaning burners and setting for proper combustion and ignition

• Checking the gas piping to furnace.

Investing in the proper maintenance of a home heating system is essential for ensuring that it provides reliable and efficient indoor comfort when the outdoor temperature drops.

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