Why Do I Need To Have My Furnace Cleaned?
Annual servicing is one way to ensure that your furnace is running at its maximum performance. Regular maintenance often reduces fuel consumption, which actually can save you money in the long run. Older furnaces need regular attention. Proper maintenance involves cleaning the burners, checking the heat exchanger for cracks, changing the thermo-coupling, oiling the bearings, testing the belt, checking the limit switch, and cleaning the flue pipe.
When Is The Best Time To Have My Furnace Cleaned?
Often we think of our seasonal "to-do" list at the last minute. The weather turns colder and we start to think about heat sources. This is why at Plourdes Plus we recommend swapping your seasons. Winter "to-dos" in summer and vice-versa. That way your heat source is ready to go when you are. Furnaces should be cleaned annually. If you're unsure of the last time the unit was maintained, there should be a tag located on the furnace with the date of last service. If the date is over one year, it is time to be cleaned again.
My furnace is over 10 years old. How often do I need to have it cleaned?
Annually, without question. Older furnaces need regular attention. The same goes for furnaces that have been sitting and have not been used for a few years. Prior to firing them up for the first time Plourdes recommends proper maintenance involves cleaning the burners, checking the heat exchanger for cracks, changing the thermocouple, oiling the bearings, testing the belt, checking the limit switch, and cleaning the flue pipe. Dirt is the biggest enemy of older furnaces and there are a lot of places for it to hide, therefore having it cleaned once per year is highly recommended.
If I have a new heating system that virtually monitors itself; does my furnace need to be inspected annually?
While it's true that modern-day furnaces are much more sophisticated than their older counterparts, annual servicing is still recommended. Newer furnaces are designed to shut off automatically at the onset of any problem - which can be both good and bad. Good because it rules out the absolute necessity to pay for regular maintenance, but bad if your furnace shuts down without warning in the dead of winter. Furnace failure CAN be avoided with regular maintenance, therefore annual cleanings are also recommended for newer furnaces. This is especially true if you own a cat or dog. Pet hair is one of the main culprits that clog your air ducts. By being proactive, you can potentially catch a furnace problem before it starts.
Call today to schedule your furnace cleaning before winter!