Fall Furnace Maintenance

furnaceWith the official First Day of Fall and cooler temperatures moving in, it’s a good time to think about furnace maintenance. The beginning of autumn is ideal for preparing your furnace for cold winter weather. Sooner or later a particularly chilly night could have you heading to the thermostat and switching to heat mode. The last thing anyone wants is to turn on their furnace for the first time and run into problems. Gillece Heating is here to help you with all of your home heating needs, including annual furnace inspections.

 

Furnace Start-up Inspection

A furnace start-up inspection is recommended for all homeowners to have performed annually. Aside from regular maintenance, a thorough inspection is needed after your furnace has been out of commission for several months at a time. At the very least, your furnace needs to be cleaned out and rid of all dirt and debris.

Debris Buildup

Throughout your unit, dirt and debris buildup can block major components and cause your furnace to work harder than it should. In some cases it might not work at all. When a system doesn’t produce warm air or seems to be operating poorly, the problem is often due to excess dirt. The same is true for the air filter which should be replaced once every couple of months or as it becomes filled. Gillece HVAC Technicians will carefully inspect your furnace and perform proper cleanings as needed.

Furnace Check with Infrared Camera

Gillece Heating Services’ furnace start-up inspection includes an industry-leading, high-definition infrared camera to look for defects within the heat exchanger. Cracks and holes within the heat exchanger, which keeps fuels separate from the air in your home, can lead to highly dangerous gas leaks. Annual furnace maintenance helps to prevent such leaks and other major problems from popping up in the middle of winter.

Carbon Monoxide and Smoke Alarms

Another important part of fall furnace maintenance is checking smoke and CO alarms and making sure they are working properly. You should have both kinds of alarms on each floor of your home. Your Gillece Heating Technician can help test alarms or install them if you don’t already have them.

Fall furnace maintenance is one way to prepare for winter and to ensure a safe and comfortable home throughout the season. Furnace Inspections help to improve heating efficiency and indoor air quality and to prevent system breakdown. For all of your home heating needs, call Gillece!

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Tom Gillece Sr. is the founder and president of Gillece Services in Pittsburgh, providing residential Plumbing, Heating, Cooling, Electrical and Waterproofing services throughout Western Pennsylvania. Established in 1980, Gillece has helped homeowners with all of their emergency, maintenance, repair and replacement needs for more than 30 years. For the latest news and offers, Gillece can be found on Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, and Google+.

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