Certain tasks are best left to the professionals. A good example of this is a furnace tune-up. Homeowners who choose to call in a pro find they feel more comfortable using this system, knowing it has been examined and is working properly.
In addition, a technician trained in furnace maintenance and repair will check the entire system and detect problems early to keep energy costs down while extending the life of the equipment. Finally, with regular maintenance, the comfort of the home’s occupants is optimized and the system is more reliable.
Appliances seem to fail at the worst possible time. For example, an oven may go out midway through cooking Thanksgiving dinner when you have twenty guests arriving in an hour. The same is true of the furnace in the home.
If it stops working correctly, it likely does so on the coldest night of the year. Regular checkups and maintenance help to ensure this doesn’t happen. The technician looks to see if any parts are in danger of failing and recommends replacement before they reach this stage.
Certain steps ought to be completed as part of the furnace tune-up. The technician inspects the thermostat to ensure it is working properly and examines the filter to determine if it needs to be cleaned or changed. Once this has been decided, the work should then be carried out.
All electrical controls and components on the furnace need to be checked to make certain they are working as intended, and the motors need to be oiled when appropriate.
No furnace tune-up is complete until the heat exchanger has been thoroughly examined for cracks. This is of great concern as a crack in the heat exchanger leads to carbon monoxide being released into the residence. This gas can be fatal, so this step must never be overlooked.
When the airflow is examined, if it is diminished in any way, the evaporator coil likely needs to be cleaned. Furthermore, the air-fuel mixture needs to be checked, when appropriate. The technician will know if this is the case.
Before allowing any work to be done on the system, make sure a price has been given for this work. Nobody wants to authorize a repair only to discover it costs more than anticipated or quoted. Request a written quote and ensure the technician adheres to it, so no disagreement arises when it is time to pay.
Never allow anyone into the home unless they have properly identified themselves. The technician ought to be wearing a uniform with the company name and show a photo ID badge before they enter the residence and begin examining the furnace. This protects not only the employee of the heating provider but also the occupants of the home.
Furthermore, only work with those providers who conduct a background check on each employee. Drug testing should be carried out routinely to prevent problems when the technician is on the premises. Finally, all technicians working on the system need to have the proper training to be certain that the work is carried out safely and correctly.
When comparing providers, ask about ongoing training. Technology advances at a rapid rate, even in the HVAC industry. For this reason, technicians need to undergo regular training to ensure they can meet the needs of the customers and do so in a safe and efficient manner.
One problem many homeowners encounter when requesting a furnace tune-up or repair is the parts must be ordered to complete the work. Choose a company that maintains fully stocked vehicles to reduce the risk of this happening. This saves the customer time and money, which is sure to be greatly appreciated.
What many men and women don’t realize is that certain HVAC companies purposely fail to stock their vehicles with common parts. There is a reason for this. They can then tell the customer a trip to the supply house is needed, and the customer is billed for the travel time and fuel. By learning if the technician arrives with a fully stocked vehicle, the customer can prevent this from happening.
Contact us today to set up your furnace inspection and tune-up. We are happy to help in any way we can. Our goal is to ensure you remain comfortable in your home all year, and we’ll go out of our way to make this happen. All you need to do is ask.
Our highly professional staff is selected based on their commitment to exceptional customer service and personal integrity. All of our employees are required to pass drug tests and background checks. I make sure that I am comfortable with them in my home with my wife and kids before I let them in yours. And after all of this I train them. Each of our employees continuously undergoes extensive training. Our industry is rapidly evolving and service technicians these days are constantly on the cutting edge of science.