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How to Get Your Furnace Ready for Winter

Posted on: October 24, 2017

During fall or early winter each year, we have a very practical and beneficial tradition you should add to your calendar; it’s annual pre-season furnace maintenance for your home heating system. Proactive furnace maintenance ensures that your furnace works properly, safely and efficiently—from day one—when cold weather arrives here in the East Bay.

Preventative Furnace Maintenance Tips

Most local residents in our area have gas heating in their houses. As you may be aware, gas appliances, including HVAC systems, need regular inspections to ensure there is no hazardous natural gas leakage or carbon monoxide buildup. In addition, annual preventative furnace maintenance helps avoid fire danger that can occur with a neglected gas (or electric or boiler) heating system.

Professional Inspection and Furnace  Upkeep

Scheduling yearly furnace maintenance visits from an expert HVAC technician is the best way to ensure that every part of your heating system is operating correctly, efficiently and safely. Our heating technicians inspect the entire system including:

  • The duct system. Leaks are common in the long duct runs inside walls and crawl spaces of your home. Over time, ducts can begin leaking, as connections loosen, wasting energy and sending utility bills through the roof. We may suggest duct sealing to minimize loss (waste) of heated air before it gets to the rooms of your house.
  • Inspecting the heat exchanger. Cracks here are the most frequent cause of gas leaks and dangerous carbon monoxide buildup in your home.
  • Testing furnace thermostat and controls. We’ll test and calibrate your thermostat, while making sure it turns off and on safely and correctly.
  • Cleaning heating equipment and lubricating moving parts. Proper, professional furnace maintenance keeps your furnace performing to it’s original energy efficiency specs—so winter energy bills stay low. Maintenance also makes sure your system comfortably heats your rooms, just as well as it always has.
  • Check the blower motor. We’ll make sure all key components are working properly.
  • Check out any concerns you may have with your heating system. Let our techs know if you’ve noticed any strange furnace noises or smells coming from your heating vents, or if your furnace isn’t warming your home (or specific rooms) like it used to.
  • Perform minor repairs if needed. After checking out your heating system, we can recommend replacement of worn parts and small repairs that may occasionally be needed—before they lead to a complete furnace breakdown or require expensive repairs.
  • Change the furnace filter. A clean air filter increases home energy efficiency. (Your furnace won’t have to work extra hard to force heated air through a dirty, clogged filter.) Your filter also keeps airborne debris from building up in heating equipment and damaging it.
  • And more!

DIY Furnace Care

As a homeowner, you should change your furnace filter monthly to keep your system running at peak efficiency and improve indoor air quality. Ensure proper furnace airflow by keeping carpets, drapes, plants and furniture away from room air vents. Have boiler heating? Check for easy-to-spot water leaks from the heat exchanger.

Get a Furnace Tune-up from Moore Mechanical

Have you had your furnace checked out yet this season? Let us make sure that upcoming holidays at your house are warm, safe and comfy. Please contact Moore Mechanical for East Bay preventive furnace maintenance or call us at 925-307-6479 today!

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