REID: Protection Plans

By: Reid Heating And Cooling  09-12-2011
Keywords: furnace

What is inlcuded in our
maintenance program?

Below are some of the basics that are covered during a maintenance
• Safety test for carbon monoxide (CO)
• Check for hazardous debris in the chimney and flue
• Clean air filters and re-install permenant ones
• Check operation of thermostat and safety controls
• Check gas pilot safety system and clean as required
• Clean motor and fan
• Check blower operation
• Clean burners and set for proper combustion & ignition
• Check gas piping to furnace

Why is proper maintenance so important?

• A furnace that is not running at peak performance can be deadly. A clean, efficiently burning gas furnace produces very small amounts of carbon monoxide, while a dirty, inefficiently burning one can produce deadly amounts.

• Carbon Monoxide is odorless and colorless. It causes flu-like symptoms, disorientation, confusion, and even death.

• The older the furnace, the more important regular maintenance becomes. Newer gas furnaces are equipped with many features that shut the furnace off when a problem is detected. Older furnaces have no such devices. Over time, furnaces can develop small cracks in the combustion chamber. These cracks may not be visible to the naked eye. It is through these cracks that Carbon Monoxide can leak into your home.

When should you consult a professional?

• Scale: Flakes of rust, around the front cover of your furnace or near its venting

• Grinding, chattering sounds

• Yellow Flame: That flame should be sharp and blue, clean and stable, burning as purely as possible

• Dusty Smell: You turn up the thermostat and within minutes, your home is filled with a dry, dusty smell. If this lasts only a few minutes, you should change your filter. If it is constant, call a technician.

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