Its getting to be the time of year where the temperatures are pretty tolerable during the day but getting fairly cool at night. And it wont be too long before were going to get downright chilly. So this is the perfect time to take a look at your furnace and make sure all systems are go before the deep freeze sets in.


A furnace system is easy to overlook as you go about your daily routine. A system you dont even have to think about is obviously a good thing, but if you completely ignore it can become a huge headache. There are several reasons why regular furnace maintenance is vital, and this article will cover a few of them.


The first reason to maintain your furnace is that of safety. If a furnace is not maintained there are a host of potentially serious problems that can result. A gas furnace can accumulate soot that can pose a health risk if that soot is spread throughout the house through your vents. Even more dangerous is the risk posed by wiring that starts to break down over time. If not regularly checked, that wiring can pose a significant fire danger.


You also want to regularly perform furnace maintenance to increase its energy efficiency. Put simply, a dirty furnace costs more to operate; and with the economy the way it is, most of us dont need our money flying out the window. If a furnace is not operating efficiently, that leads to higher bills because the system has to work harder to produce the same amount of heat. That leads to longer run times.


Staying on the money theme, if you neglect the maintenance of your system that can lead to costly repairs. It costs a great deal less money to repair parts through a regular check-up than waiting until the entire system malfunctions. A new furnace is a very substantial expenditure, one that can be avoid if routine maintenance is performed. And it is a lot more convenient to have a repair done with a regular maintenance check than to have to wait for a repair on a frigid day if your furnace stops working.


If you do not have the skills needed to perform maintenance on your furnace, or youre simply too busy to do so, give Approved Comfort a call at (815) 219-7102. Well send out a qualified, professional technician to perform the following furnace maintenance steps:

  • Replace standard air filters
  • Check gas line for leaks from furnace shut off valves to the burners
  • Adjust and clean blower components
  • Adjust fan control for accurate temperature rise and airflow
  • Calibrate thermostat
  • Lubricate moving parts
  • Inspect heat exchanger
  • Check high limit and other safety controls
  • Check thermocouple, replace if necessary
  • Inspect belts for cracks and wear
  • Test manifold gas pressure and combustion air openings (if necessary)
  • Inspect burner operation, clean if necessary
  • Clean and adjust pilot, as necessary
  • Inspect flue for obstructions
  • Tighten all electrical connections