Should you tune up your furnace before winter?
Stay Warm with County Wide, the Leading Western MA Gas and Propane Heating Service Company. At County Wide Mechanical Services, our regular service inspection includes a check of how effectively the Gas or Propane furnace is working and a check to ensure there are no leaks. We want to be sure your gas furnace is not releasing carbon monoxide directly into the house.
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Steps we will take to make sure your Furnace is set for the long wither months.
Step 1: Check the heat exchanger and burners
The heat exchanger and burners should be inspected yearly to ensure proper operation. If there are any issues with the unit, call a professional to take care of it.
Step 2: Check the igniter and flame sensor
To check the igniter and flame sensor on your furnace, you will need to use your ohmmeter to check for resistance at the igniter and inspect the flame sensor for wear. You will also need your multimeter to check the specified amperage to the flame sensor and wire. Blow the dust off the pilot and direct air to the spot by blowing through a drinking straw. If either of these sensors fails, it may be a problem with your furnace’s flame sensor. There are several possible reasons for a failed flame sensor, and you should check them all to determine the cause of the issue.
Step 3: Do a combustion analysis
Combustion analysis is the only way to measure the efficiency of a high-efficiency heating system truly. By checking for rust, cracks, and holes in the heat exchanger, cleaning out dirt and particles from the burners, and inspecting for signs of soot with a flashlight, you can improve combustion and achieve improved engine performance and fuel economy.
Step 4: Measure the temperature rise
Temperature rise can be measured by gathering data from different points in the system to identify and fix issues early, improve system performance, and optimize system settings.
Step 5: Check the gas pressure
If your furnace is not producing enough heat, it may be due to low gas pressure. To check the gas pressure in your furnace, turn off the power to the unit, shut off the gas supply, vacuum the furnace and check for soot. If the pressure is below the manufacturer’s specification, install a low-pressure cut-off. Checking the gas pressure in your furnace can help to identify possible causes of low pressure, such as clogged pipes or dirty filters.
Step 6: Check for gas leaks.
To check for gas leaks, turn off the power, shut off the gas, and vacuum the area. Soap and water can be used to check for leaks – however, electronic leak detectors may be more accurate. Be sure to check all areas of the furnace – especially the burners and blower compartment.
Step 7: Check and clear the drain
The drain on your furnace should be checked and cleared monthly if it starts to overflow. Clear any debris or blockages if they’re found.
Contact the County Wide Mechanical Services team to take the frustration out of gas and propane heating repair, installation, and maintenance. Give Us a call today Before the winter months set in (413) 731-6668