A Furnace can appear to be running normal but it may not always be the case. A furnace that is not running at peak performance can be costly and dangerous. Carbon Monoxide is a natural product of incomplete combustion and virtually every gas furnace produces some carbon monoxide, which is usually carried away from your home through the furnace’s exhaust venting. A clean, efficiently burning gas furnace produces very small amounts of carbon monoxide, while a dirty, inefficient burning furnace can produce deadly amounts. Carbon Monoxide is odorless and colorless. It causes flu-like symptoms, disorientation, confusion, and even death. It is highly recommended that you have your furnace cleaned and checked every year. The older the furnace, the more important this service is.
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. It is also important to change your furnace filter regularly. The filter is usually found just inside the front cover of the furnace. It may have its own access door on the front of the furnace. A clean filter will help your furnace run more efficiently, and will help keep dust from being circulated through your home.
We do NOT send a preventive maintenance tech (apprentice) to perform a furnace clean and check. We send a seasoned NATE certified service repair technician to perform the precision tune up and safety inspection in Portland.
Our 20 Point – Gas Furnace Precision Tune-up and Safety Inspection
1. Cycle the Furnace
2. Limited Blower Cleaning
3. Clean or Change Filter (customer-supplied or we can provide you one)
4. Test Safety Controls
5. Test Temperature Differential
6. Test & Service Flame Sensor
7. Oil the Blower & Inducer Motor
8. Test Amp Draw to Blower
9. Rate/Set Furnace Input
10. Test Amp Draw to Inducer
11. Inspect Flue Pipe
12. Test Hot Surface Igniter
13. Clean Burners
14. Tighten Electrical Connections
15. Clean and Adjust Pilot Assembly
16. Take a Carbon Monoxide reading
17. Test Gas Pressure
18. Brush & Inspect Heat Exchanger
19. Test for Gas Leaks
20. Vacuum Burner Compartment
Keep the area around your furnace clean and unobstructed. Keep the burner area of your furnace clean. Do not have anything combustible within six inches of your vent pipe. Do not close off more than 20% of the registers in your house. This can cause high resistance and unnecessary heat buildup in the furnace. Do not store combustible material such as paint thinners, gasoline, etc. near your furnace. Protect your furnace. Clean or change your furnace filter regularly.
A central air conditioner that is not running at peak performance can be costly and uncomfortable. Every air conditioner produces water, which is usually carried away with a drain system and condensate pump. An air conditioner can appear running normal but if dirty can cause icing or flooding and damage the furnace, blower, evaporator coil, compressor and can short out electrical controls and control board. It is highly recommended that you have your central air conditioning system cleaned and checked every year. The older the air conditioner, the more important this service is. The older air conditioners are less efficient and are R-22 Freon systems which may not be able to be repaired due to the phase out of Freon. So it is even more important to tune up your old Freon air conditioner, not only for efficiency but for longevity due to the R-22 Freon phases out.
It is very important to change your furnace filter regularly. The filter usually is found just inside the front cover of the furnace. It may have its own access door on the front of the furnace. A clean filter will help your central air conditioning run more efficiently, and will help keep dust from collecting on the evaporator coil, blower motor and circulating through your home.
1. Lubricate all moving parts (including blower and fan if applicable)
2. Install gauges, monitor refrigerant and temperatures
3. Clean or Change Filter (customer-supplied)
4. Inspect condenser fan blades
5. Check condensate drain system
6. Clean condenser coil and remove debris
7. Check blower motor (belt if applicable)
8. Measure temperature difference
9. Monitor voltage and amperage in all motors
10. Test operation and condition of compressor
11. Test controls for proper operation
12. Inspect start and run capacitors
13. Test all wires and connections
14. Check thermostat for proper operation
15. Test/inspect contactors for burned, pitted contacts
16. Inspect disconnect box for proper rating
17. Inspect return and supply registers for energy loss
18. Inspect service valves
19. Inspect safety devices
20. Clean indoor coil if accessible
Air Conditioning Tips
Keep the area around your air conditioner clean and unobstructed.
Do not close off more than 10% of the registers in your house. This can cause high resistance and unnecessary icing and failure.
Protect your air conditioner. Clean or change your furnace filter regularly.
Both heating and cooling operations use the same blower and duct system.