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ANNUAL FURNACE CHECK-UP

Checking your furnace each fall by one of our qualified heating and cooling professionals can prevent break-downs and enhance your family’s comfort. An annual fall check-up is also important for safety, energy savings and the durability of your furnace or other heating appliance.

Our heating professionals will inspect for:
- gas leaks
- carbon monoxide leaks
- electrical connection issues
- soot build-up on burners
- pilot flame lighting properly
- gas valves operating properly
- proper operation of other parts of the furnace which affect safety

 

TROUBLESHOOTING BEFORE YOU CALL OUR HEATING AND COOLING PROFESSIONALS

Thermostat:
- Is the system selector switch in the “heat” position?
- Is the temperature set at least 3 degrees above current room temperature?
- If your thermostat is electronic, did you put fresh batteries in?
- Is the display showing?
- If you have a forced-air furnace and your thermostat has a switch to control the furnace fan, is it set to “auto”? (The “on” position will make the fan run continuously).

Furnace:
- Does your furnace have an emergency shut-off switch? Locate it and make sure it is turned on. Most look just like a regular light switch and will be located near the furnace.
- If your filter(s) are located inside the furnace cabinet, did you recently change the filter(s)? Some heating systems have emergency cut-out switches that are activated when a door or service panel is removed. Check that all access doors are properly secured and fitted.
- Did you check the filter? A dirty filter restricts air flow and could prevent the furnace from operating. Replace it if it is the disposable type. Clean it with a garden hose and cleaning product such as Simple Green if it is the washable type.
- Look for any troubleshooting guides that came with the furnace for any additional help.
- If you have a propane-fired furnace, check the level of propane in your tank. If the tank is at 15% or less, order more propane. Newer high-efficiency furnaces may not operate when the level falls below 15%.

Main electrical panel:
- Check the breaker or fuses in your home’s main electrical panel for the furnace. It should be connectd to its own dedicated circuit breaker.
- If your home has breakers, reset the furnace breaker by turning it all the way OFF and then back ON.
- If your home has fuses, check to see if the fuse for the furnace is blown. If so, replace it with the SAME SIZE fuse. Do not increase the size of the fuse.
- If a breaker keeps tripping or a fuse keeps blowing, you should have a qualified technician inspect your system to determine why you are having problems.

 

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