As we enter the cold season in the Hampton Roads area, you want to be sure that your furnace is in good condition to keep your home feeling nice and comfortable. Routine maintenance is one of the best ways to ensure your furnace performs efficiently for the entire season. If you haven’t yet scheduled maintenance services for your furnace, now is a good time, so you can be ready for the winter ahead.

A routine maintenance check will involve a thorough inspection of your HVAC system. The examination will include:

  • Checking the thermostat to ensure that it is working properly. It is a good time to ask your technician for tips on effectively programming your thermostat to ensure it is set to make your home consistently comfortable, and to optimize energy savings.

  • Changing or cleaning your air filters. Dirty filters restrict airflow, pollute your indoor air, and can lead to system failure.

  • The entire system will be cleaned to remove clogs, dirt, and any other buildup or debris that could interfere with performance.

  • All electrical parts will be checked for faulty, or unsafe connections.

  • Your technician will lubricate all moving parts to reduce friction.

  • The gas pressure, burner combustion, heat exchangers, and gas (or oil) connections will be inspected for safety and to reduce the potential for problems such as carbon monoxide leaks.

  • Your belts are checked to make sure they will operate correctly.

All components of the system — indoor as well as outdoor are inspected to verify that they are working properly. It is important to schedule routine maintenance. Maintenance calls are generally recommended twice per year — in the spring and fall. Having a professional examine and service your furnace will help to extend its life and keep it running as efficiently as possible. Even if you forgot to schedule a furnace inspection before the start of the winter season, it’s never too late to have it inspected.

Do you need to schedule your annual furnace inspection? Contact Kearney & Sons, Inc. at 757-269-9589. Our technicians have the experience and knowledge to service a variety of HVAC equipment. Call today to schedule an appointment to ensure you aren’t suddenly faced with having no heat when you need it most.