The Basics Of Furnace Maintenance: Why You Need It

Posted on: 14 October 2020

As a new homeowner with a fuel-burning furnace, it's important that you understand the risk associated with skipping necessary furnace maintenance. Ideally, you should have your furnace serviced at least once a year to keep it running both efficiently and safely. Here's a look at what you need to know about why this maintenance is so important.

Ensures Adequate Airflow

One of the things that your furnace maintenance technician will check is the air intake and air ducts in your system. The airflow in your system is essential to proper and efficient operation. The air intake filter should be changed during this appointment and at least every few months throughout the year. Additionally, when your air ducts are inspected, it can help to identify any signs of mold or mildew growth that could be dispersed throughout your home when the heat blows through.

Protects Your Home From Fire Hazard

Since most furnace units are installed in the basement and are often placed next to laundry machines, you may find that your furnace burner accumulates some lint and dust from the dryer. This accumulated lint can pose a fire hazard, especially with the open flame of the burner.

Additionally, the firebox will produce debris, including ash and other particles. When this debris builds up, it can pose a serious fire hazard if you continue to run your furnace. That's why it's so important to keep up with the scheduled maintenance on your furnace. Part of this maintenance includes cleaning out the firebox to remove any of this debris.

Preserves Fuel Flow

Another key part of the annual maintenance of your furnace is to replace the fuel nozzle in the burner. This nozzle is a crucial part of the fuel delivery system. Unfortunately, it can become glazed and clogged with debris over time, which restricts fuel flow. During each maintenance appointment, the fuel delivery nozzle will be replaced. This ensures a new, clean nozzle to preserve the proper fuel flow for your furnace.

Identifies Wear And Tear

For many homeowners, the furnace is a bit of a mystery. It can be tough to know when parts are wearing down, whether it's the fuel pump, the blower motor, or even the chambers of a boiler system. During each annual maintenance appointment, your technician will check the condition of all of these things, identifying any potential wear and tear problems before they become component failures.

These are some of the most important reasons why your annual maintenance appointments are so important for your furnace. Talk with a furnace maintenance technician near you today to schedule yours or for more information.


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