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.
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.
Most people think it takes a qualified heating technician to check their gas furnace or know how to clean a gas furnace. Truth is there are several things a homeowner can do to check and clean their own furnace. A furnace should be checked at the very least, once a year. Typically just before the cold season when there will be a need for the furnace to run. However, it is a good idea to also check it once during the heating season, just in case the filter gets dirty. The furnace filter is probably the number one thing a homeowner can do to keep their furnace running efficient and clean. Most filters are good for about 2-3 months, depending on the cleanliness of the air, or if there are pets. Inspect the furnace filter every other month, and replace it when the original color of the filter media can't be seen through the grayish colored dirt and/or pet fur. The use of a vacuum cleaner with extension to carefully clean off any dust, dirt or spider webs from the furnace. Careful not to break and components, or pull any wires loose. Put the panels back on. Turn power and gas back on. Re-light pilot as needed.
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