The Most Trusted HVAC Repair in Northbrook – Call Now! (614) 636-5514 . Fall is the time when homeowners should consider cleaning up their home, specifically their heating and cooling system. They can have a furnace and air conditioning cleaning service come in for a price. You can find a lot of do-it-yourself guides on heating and cooling HVAC system cleaning. Make sure that your furnace and AC unit is clean and that a maintenance check-up has been done before you start your furnace. It is best to get this service done professionally by an HVAC Technician in the Northbrook area.
So you think you want to clean that oil furnace or oil boiler yourself. You have watched the service guy do it and really didn't think that it looked all that hard. You stick the hose of your shop vac into the chamber and all the soot is broadcast all over the place! Yikes, what did he have that you don't in there? When cleaning an oil fired appliance you need to remember that the dust created by the unit is very fine and will just go right through the filters that are standard to most shop vac's. You will have to go to the store and find some special equipment to catch all that fine black dirt. It is very easy to find if you know what to look for. One final thing for you guys. If you are planning to use the shop vac that your wife uses for her everyday cleanups, you may want to rethink this. After you get done with it and have black soot all over the nozzle and such you will be sleeping in the doghouse if your wife goes to use it and ends up with black on something good of her's. You have now been warned. Don't blame me for anything that happens to you as a result of not heeding this warning.
For those people who live in area's of the country that gets cold, it's time to think about your heating equipment. With the technology, new furnaces have today there isn't much to do on them as far as setting them up for winter. In the old days (10 years ago and before) we were told to have our furnaces and boilers checked once a year. But now furnaces and boilers have electronics doing most of the work. There are only a couple of things that a service tech needs to do in today's furnaces and boilers as far as a "clean and check" goes. The old days: In the old days when a service man (politically correct term today is "service tech" this term started about 21 years ago) when out on a "clean and check," he had all kinds of things to do. First, he pulled out all the burners and blew them out with co2, then he checked the heat exchanger for cracks using a mirror, then vacuumed up any dirt he found. He also changed the "thermocouple" (on a standing pilot, where the pilot flame burns all the time, the thermocouple tells the gas valve there is a pilot light, and it's OK to open and start the heat sequence) on the "pilot light" and blew out the pilot light assembly to make sure it would burn clean and that the pilot flame was positioned correctly on the thermocouple, and on the burner pilot runner. So how often do we want our furnaces and boilers checked? That's a tough question. It all depends on the environment your furnace is running in. If your furnace or boiler is running in an environment that has a lot of dust or animal hair, then it might be worth it to have your furnace checked once a year. If your furnace is running in a relatively clean environment, you can probably get away with 2 or 3 years of not having to have to spend the money to have a clean furnace checked. Don't forget that these new furnaces shut down when they spot the slightest problem. Some tech guys feel the only real time for homeowners to have their furnaces ( don't forget we're talking new furnaces, not the old clunkers) checked, is when they don't start. They don't think the cost justifies what your getting in return. But in the end, it's the choice of the homeowner to decide how often they have their heating equipment checked.
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