What We Check During Your Fall Furnace Inspection
You may have noticed that the mornings are becoming a little chillier lately, and that is a clear sign that fall is finally here. The start of autumn is a reminder that it’s time to get your furnace and tune-up in preparation for the colder months to come. If you are a first-time homeowner, you may not fully know what a typical fall furnace maintenance tune-up in Sacramento includes. In this article, you will learn about the different tasks our team will complete when visiting your Sacramento home.
Furnace Safety Inspection
Many families have a dual-fuel heating system so that when one source of fuel fails, the other acts as a backup. For example, many HVAC systems rely on electricity and gas as sources of fuel. Our furnace repair experts in Sacramento maintain the equipment so that it operates safely. Some of the specific aspects that we pay attention to in this regard include the following:
Heat Exchanger Analysis. Our furnace technicians come armed with a combustion analyze. This tool is used to analyze the state of your furnace’s heat exchanger.
Gas Leak Detection. Your safety and well being is our number one priority. We will use our special equipment to locate the gas line. We always check to see if there are any leaks that could pose a safety hazard to you and your family. Any leak that is flagged by our Sacramento heating professionals is subjected to a bubble test to confirm that we have pinpointed the source of the leak.
Nearby Combustibles. At Clarke & Rush, we will make sure that there are no combustible substances near your gas furnace. If we notice some flamable substances near your furnace, we will simply have you remove since it is considered a fire hazord. We always recommend removing them so that there is at least a 10 foot clearance away from the furnace.
Furnace Efficiency Inspection
At Clarke & Rush, our furnace repair professionals realize that nothing lasts forever, including your furnace. That’s why we offer furnace maintenance services. We have a long checklist of items that we inspect in order to be certain that your furnace is working efficiently. Those items include:
- Draft diverter and the flue pipe.
- Amp draw of the blow motor.
- Amp draw of the inducer motor.
- Blower capacitor.
- Blower assembly and its cleanliness.
If you have an electric powered furnace, the checklist is shorter. Our Sacramento furnace technicians will the fan motor, Amp dra, and the heat pump’s compressor.
Furnace Operation Inspection
The core of what we do during your furnace inspection is to check that your furnace can keep your home warm during the colder months of the year. Without an operating furnace, you and your family would be miserable during the winter! These are some of the things that we focus on to make sure your furnace is operational:
- The Heat Rise. This test enables our furnace maintenance personnel in Sacramento to determine whether the air is being heated properly by the furnace. We make sure that the heat rise is just right, so we find out why it is low or too high and then we adjust it accordingly.
- The Pilot Light. We inspect and ensure that the hot surface igniter and the pilot light are working as they should.
- The Ductwork. Ductwork is crucial in determining the efficiency of a furnace, and the ductwork is also important in the operational condition of that furnace. Leaky ducts allow unconditioned air to lower the temperature of the heated air flowing through those ducts, and this could compromise the operational status of the furnace. We, therefore, fix any issues present in the ductwork.
If we find that everything is running smoothly, we give you the good news that your furnace is set to do its work in the winter. If anything is not working properly, Clarke & Rush professionals make sure that they draw your attention to the anomaly so that you can select from the options recommended to fix that issue.
So, have you had your furnace inspected this fall? If not, contact Clarke & Rush today if you live in the Sacramento area. Our professionals will schedule a service visit and address all the concerns that you may have about your furnace or any component of the HVAC system.