HVAC System ServiceRoutine service includes cleaning your appliance, making air/fuel mixture or other adjustments to optimize performance, and checking for aging components that could pose a safety or breakdown risk.
Be SafeThe most important reason to have your furnace serviced regularly is safety. The heart of your furnace is a heat exchanger. In a forced air system, combustion (fire) is on one side, with your household air on the other, separated by a carefully crafted sheet of metal. The combustion may be hundreds of degrees, while household air on the other side warms from room temperature to the supply temperature—what you feel coming out of the vents.
In addition to the temperature extremes on opposite sides of the exchanger, the furnace cycles (turns on and off) throughout the day, and the exchanger heats and cools with each cycle. Over time, stress and metal fatigue can produce cracks, allowing carbon monoxide from combustion to enter your home—putting you and your family at risk.
As part of servicing, we'll check your heat exchanger for cracks, holes, or other damage that could be hazardous—ensuring your safety.
We also check that high-efficiency exhausts and intakes haven't been blocked up by animals, leaves, insects or other natural hazards. We can show you where the vent is, so over winter you can remove snow that accumulates or drifts to block these vents, interfering with safe and proper operation.
Save Money"It's running just fine—why fix what's not broken?" It's a question we all ask ourselves, especially when money gets tight. But deferring maintenance to save a few dollars on a service call adds up in the long run.
Burning fuel produces waste. Ideally, combustion operates with an efficient burn that results in carbon dioxide and water vapor which exhausts up the chimney (in the case of a high-efficiency condensing furnace, water vapor also condenses and is pumped into a sink or other drain when it collects).
In practice, nothing ever works perfectly—in this case, carbon deposits (soot) are produced during combustion. If your furnace is adjusted correctly, it's a tiny amount at any instant—but over the hundreds of hours your furnace runs through the heating season, it builds up. On the heat exchanger, this acts as insulation, reducing the efficiency of thermal transfer.
Getting your furnace serviced annually ensures you're getting the most value out of the fuel it uses.
Manage RiskAs part of a routine service call, we will check the system, clean parts, and lubricate motors. Prepared for the season, chances of a breakdown are minimized. If there is something wrong, we can fix it before you find your house getting colder. If it's something major, we can discuss your options and give you time to think it over before you find yourself in a pinch.
An even worse situation would be one where you're unaware of the failure— perhaps when you're away on business or vacation, and the equipment fails with no one around to call for service. Frozen pipes or other problems can compound the cost of the problem, leading to thousands of dollars of damage.
Annual servicing reduces the chance of this sort of disaster.