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What to Expect From Your Fall Furnace Service Call

It’s still plenty warm most days in the Fort Worth area, but cooler weather will be here before you know it. One of the most important tasks to put on your autumn home maintenance checklist is your fall furnace service call. An annual preventive tune-up will increase your system’s efficiency and safety, save you money on heating costs, extend the life of your furnace and help prevent common furnace breakdowns during the coldest months of the year.

While tune-up tasks vary among HVAC contractors, a reputable, quality professional will perform these essential checkpoints:

  • Lubricate all moving parts in your system to prevent damaging friction.
  • Tighten electrical and gas connections.
  • Inspect the venting system for obstructions.
  • Inspect the wires and terminals for corrosion.
  • Apply nonconductive coating to terminals as necessary.
  • Inspect the heat exchanger for cracks, corrosion and other damage.
  • Test for dangerous carbon monoxide leaks.
  • Inspect ductwork for loose joints and obstructions.
  • Test the controls of the system for proper cycling.
  • Measure the current and voltage on the motor.
  • Check the gas pressure and burner combustion for efficiency and safety.

System maintenance shouldn’t end when your technician packs up and leaves. There are several things you can do to ensure your family’s safety and increase your warmth this winter without having to turn up the thermostat.

  • Seal air leaks around doors and windows with caulk and weatherstripping to keep warm air in.
  • Replace the batteries on your smoke and carbon monoxide detectors.
  • Stock up on air filters and inspect your filter every month. When it’s clogged with dust and debris, replace it with a clean filter to ensure optimum airflow.
  • Know the location of your gas shutoff valve and remove obstructions from around it in case you need to access it quickly.
  • Post the emergency number for your gas company near your furnace, and call it immediately if you smell gas.
  • Reverse the direction of your ceiling fan to draw warm air up and distribute it throughout your rooms for optimum warmth.

To schedule your Texas home’s fall furnace service call, please contact Airwise Heating & Air Conditioning. We proudly serve the Tarrant County, Fort Worth and Benbrook area.