Winter will be here before you know it—don’t be left out in the cold and unprepared! From securing your windows and checking the foundation, to protecting water pipes from freezing and inspecting heating elements, being prepared ahead of time for the cold winter months is key.
Required furnace maintenance in Kandiyohi County, MN should be done before the fall months start; you don’t want to find damage when you need your furnace the most. Therefore, it is important to have the necessary maintenance done in the weeks leading up to the fall months, and call in a pro for at least the mechanical stuff. Take a look at some of the things a professional will make sure to address when it comes to your furnace.
- The combustion chamber needs cleaning: Fuel is mixed with air and is ignited while in the combustion chamber to create heat for your home. Likewise, the chamber collects soot build-up—can cause corrosion of the walls, carbon dioxide, water vapor and other junk you don’t want. A heating technician will scrape out the carbon built-up carbon, then suck up smaller particles with an industrial shop vacuum.
- Flue pipe inspection: An inspection includes checks for holes in the exhaust flue, as holes could leak carbon monoxide… not good. Smaller holes can be patched up, but in the case of corrosion, a flue must be replaced. The flue pipe’s barometric damper needs to be adjusted to moderate the chimney draw for proper flow.
- Replacing the oil filter: If your unit is oil-powered, then the oil filter needs to be replaced, as needed, in order to prevent debris from clogging the oil-burner nozzle. If this happens, then a misfire could occur causing the system to shut down.
- Air filter replacement: To be sure clean air will be coming through the heater this winter, have the air filter changed, and consider changing it at least once a year. Changing an air filter is fairly simple—you can do it yourself!
- Adjusting the burner, testing for efficiency: A contractor will use a combustion analyzer to calculate your furnace’s efficiency. Gasses are measured in the exhaust flue and the burner’s air gates will be adjusted to ensure the proper amount of fuel to air. And, if the flame is not igniting properly, then the oil nozzle might need replacing. In addition, if it’s a gas furnace, the burner tubes should be vacuumed out.
- Cleaning the floor vents: Fall is a fantastic time for you to remove floor vent covers and vacuum out those ducts! Not only to breathe debris-free air, but hidden down there is likely dust, pet hair, crumbs and small lost objects, which can reduce a heating unit’s efficiency as it overworks itself.
Don’t ignore the furnace just because it looks fine on the outside. Without pre-planned furnace maintenance in Kandiyohi County, MN, you could end up with a poor performing or busted unit during the wintertime. Contact the experts at Kraemer Refrigeration, Heating & A/C to schedule furnace maintenance today!