The Best Furnace Maintenance Services

Annual Furnace Maintenance and HVAC Service in the Columbus, Ohio Area

Schedule regular furnace maintenance each year for a new furnace or a furnace that has been in use for several years. Furnace maintenance is an important step homeowners need to take as they prepare HVAC equipment for heating season. A professional furnace tune up is recommended for any oil, electric, or gas furnace, as the service is meant to keep the furnace running efficiently, help the heating system keep working properly and avoid breakdowns as well as extremely dangerous issues that can result from damage to the home’s HVAC system, such as deadly carbon monoxide leaks from a cracked heat exchanger. The furnace cleaning and servicing provided during annual furnace maintenance also help homeowners keep heating bills low throughout the winter.

Outside of professional furnace maintenance appointments, there are regular maintenance tasks that homeowners also need to complete throughout the year. The furnace air filter needs to be changed periodically – just replace it with a new filter when needed. Once the old filter is completely filled with dust, pet hair, dirt, and other debris, the filter’s small holes are no longer able to move air through the HVAC system. This leads to restricted airflow which makes the furnace work harder and diminishes indoor air quality which can worsen allergy and asthma symptoms as well as breathing problems among members of the household. Cleaning the furnace’s exterior every once in a while will also help keep interior furnace areas clean, such as the combustion chamber and blower compartment.

Buckeye Heating & Cooling provides thorough furnace maintenance services performed by licensed, NATE-certified heating technicians. Once winter passes, we’re also available to complete regular maintenance for your air conditioning unit! To help our customers throughout the Columbus, OH service area keep up with regular maintenance for the home’s HVAC system, maintenance plans will keep you on schedule with your yearly recommended furnace tune up and air conditioning service. Joining maintenance agreements doesn’t only help with the upkeep of your furnace or AC unit – other benefits include valuable savings on new HVAC equipment and service discounts.

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Make Furnace Maintenance an Annual Priority

Schedule a yearly tune up for your furnace to be completed by your trusted HVAC company, and see the valuable results it generates by lowering your energy bills and keeping you from spending money to complete various furnace repairs in the winter. During a tune up, the furnace receives a thorough inspection so that any malfunctions or damaged components can be found and repaired before they cause performance problems in the thick of heating season. Newer furnaces and old ones alike are able to remain in good condition for longer, as you won’t have to replace parts repeatedly due to accumulating system damage.

What Happens During a Furnace Tune Up?

Buckeye Heating & Cooling’s furnace tune up process is very thorough in order to provide the critical care heating systems need for upkeep. When you schedule service with one of our NATE-certified technicians, here is a look at what is completed during this visit.

  • The furnace’s heat exchanger is inspected for signs of corrosion, rust, and other damage that could cause carbon monoxide from combustion gases to leak inside the home.
  • The inducer electric motor is observed to check that it properly vents combustion gases out through the exhaust flue.
  • The exhaust flue is inspected for blockages and damage that could trap carbon monoxide and other combustion byproducts inside the furnace.
  • Lubricate the motor bearings within the blower motor by adding oil to the blower motor oil ports.
  • Cleaning of the blower assembly and components like the blower fan blades, using a vacuum cleaner, brush, or other tools.
  • Verify the access panel to the blower compartment fits correctly into place.
  • Electrical power components and electronics like the circuit board are inspected.
  • Wiring and other electrical power connections are checked and tightened if loose.
  • Cleaning of the combustion chamber walls to remove soot.
  • Clean the flame sensor and test its operation.
  • Clean dirty burners and observe burner and pilot light flame.
  • Inspect incoming gas pipe, gas supply, gas pressure of the fuel supply, and fuel shutoff valve on the gas line.
  • Adjust fuel supply and air mixture to optimize combustion.
  • Remove the existing oil filter and install a new oil filter for oil furnaces.
  • Clean oil nozzle for burners on oil heating system.
  • Remove existing air filter and replace it with a new furnace filter for a forced air heating system.
  • Observe airflow and pressure within the supply and return air ducts.
  • Verify temperature differentials.
  • Cleaning of the thermostat and verifying thermostat readings are correct.

How Often Should You Schedule Service for Furnace Maintenance and Furnace Cleaning?

Furnace manufacturers advise that their equipment should be professionally maintained one time each year by a licensed furnace technician. Manufacturers typically require that this service is performed each year to uphold warranty terms, but it’s also because a maintenance tune up provides obvious value that can help prevent some issues that may fall under the protection of the warranty.

Professional tune ups are beneficial for furnaces whenever they are performed during the year, but this service provides an extra level of protection when completed in the fall prior to the winter season. Schedule service for furnace maintenance in the early fall and have your technician complete regular maintenance before it’s time to start using your heating system during the colder months. This will provide the opportunity for your system to receive a complete and thorough inspection before you need to use it, so any flaws can be found and corrected before that first cold day of the year.

If you forget to schedule your furnace maintenance early in the fall, having a tune up performed later in the fall season or even during the winter months will still be helpful for improving the performance of your heating system. Do not skip this service for the year, as this can not only cause your furnace to decline in energy efficiency and experience more performance problems over heating season, but you could void your equipment warranty by foregoing this professional service even if it’s just for one year.

Furnace Cleaning and Maintenance Tasks for Homeowners

A professional furnace tune up completed once per year by a licensed HVAC technician is only one part of the bigger maintenance picture for a furnace. There are other steps that should be completed during the time between these visits.

Maintenance tasks performed by homeowners will go a long way toward improving the performance of the HVAC system and keeping its components in good condition. if you don’t make these maintenance steps a priority throughout the year, you may experience a decline in furnace efficiency along with indoor air quality problems. Learn what tasks homeowners need to perform and put them on your calendar so you remember to complete them when needed.

Changing Furnace Filters

Furnaces are forced air HVAC systems that circulate heated air through ducts from the central unit to living areas throughout the house. An air filter is used in the system to help remove airborne contaminants so they do not enter the HVAC equipment. The furnace filter’s job is to remove air pollutants so that they do not settle inside the furnace, where they can stress or damage internal components. Many people believe the air filter is just used for improving indoor air quality, however it’s primary function is protection for the furnace.

Most furnaces use disposable furnace filters, though reusable models are available. Whichever type of filter your furnace uses, it will need periodic attention. Disposable filters should be replaced on a regular basis and reusable filters cleaned as needed. There are many different types of filters on the market that range in efficiency.

How frequently filter changes are needed depends on factors including the filter’s efficiency, HVAC system use, and characteristics of the household. Households that have indoor pets and allow smoking inside tend to need more frequent filter changes compared to households where these things do not occur. Larger households and families who use the furnace more often over the winter are also likely to need more filter changes this season than a small household that keeps temperatures set efficiently over the winter.

When you buy replacement filters for your furnace, the manufacturer will offer a recommendation for how often the filter should be replaced. This recommendation is a good starting point to help you determine how often you should change the filter. It’s wise to check the filter once each month so you can see if its surfaces are completely clogged. When the filter has no available surface left to capture particles, it is time for a replacement.

Keep Vents Open

A common piece of HVAC misinformation meant to help people save money on heating bills is about keeping vents closed in unused areas of a home. This is actually quite bad advice, as closing vents and doors can disrupt airflow in the home and can actually cause problems with your furnace that can be costly to correct. You want all vents to be open in your living areas at all times.

Periodically go around your home and check each supply and return vent to make sure that it is open and has not been blocked by furniture, rugs, or other personal items.

Test Carbon Monoxide Detector

If you have a gas or oil furnace, as well as any other fuel-burning appliances, a fireplace, or even an attached garage, a carbon monoxide detector is a critical tool you need to have. Anytime fuel is burned, carbon monoxide can result from this process. When furnaces are in good condition and functioning properly, this gas will safely vent out of the system and the exhaust flue. Problems with the furnace like a blocked flue pipe or a cracked heat exchanger can allow carbon monoxide to enter the air supply traveling through the furnace. This means it could circulate back into your living areas.

Humans cannot detect the presence of carbon monoxide gas on their own. It has no odor, no taste, and no color. People rely on carbon monoxide detectors to alert them to the presence of this deadly gas.

Carbon monoxide detectors should be installed on every floor of the home and placed just outside sleeping areas like bedrooms to ensure everyone is able to hear alarms even overnight. Carbon monoxide detectors need regular testing just like smoke detectors. Press the alarm’s test button once per month to verify it is operating properly. Replace batteries in carbon monoxide alarms once every 6 months even if they are connected to the home’s electrical power – fresh batteries will ensure your device has a source of power in the event of an outage.  Carbon monoxide detectors should be replaced every five to seven years, or sooner if they do not pass monthly testing.

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