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Furnace Repair and Annual Maintenance

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Preventive maintenance for your furnace (or boiler) is always less stressful than furnace repair. Review what you can do in the off season to help keep your furnace in good condition.

Summer is the perfect time for furnace repair and maintenance, and other heating repair issues. One reason for this is the availability of furnace technicians. Another is that preventive maintenance is always less stressful than furnace repair when it’s freezing outside.

Some HVAC contractors even offer incentives or other specials for heating repair services during the summer, which means they can fit you in and you won’t be left in the cold.

To familiarize yourself with your furnace, you may want to review how a furnace works and exercise some of the preventive maintenance yourself. Here are some things you may want to check:

  • Confirm that the furnace cycles through start-up to shut-down via your thermostat.
  • Check the supply (small grates in each room) and return air (large grate, usually in a hallway) temperature to make sure your thermostat is accurate.
  • Clean and level your thermostat. For older thermostats this ensures proper function since many of them have liquid mercury switches. And always, this is aesthetically more eye pleasing.
  • There is a safety switch on all furnace doors that “pops out” when the door is removed. Make sure this is unobstructed and clean.
  • Look at all the furnace’s visible wiring and electrical connections for burns or unraveling/loose wire nuts or tape.
  • Check the condition of your furnace’s vent connection pipe and chimney for rust or gaps. Venting system parts can deteriorate over time.
Here are a few questions that you could ask of your local heating and air conditioning dealer:
  • Is my furnace operating at peak performance?
  • Is my furnace energy efficient?
  • Could I save money on my utility bills with a new furnace?
  • What furnace would you recommend for my needs?
  • How can a smart thermostat save me money?
  • How quickly can you typically respond in an emergency situation?

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