Starting the heating season with a professional furnace inspection will assure your safety and lower your heating bills during our long New Jersey winters, especially if you use a combustion furnace. Running your heating system without occasional maintenance will wear it out faster, increase heating bills, and could result in premature failure.

Safety factors during a full inspection should include:

  • Examining the quality of the flame to see if the air-to-gas ratio is balanced.
  • Remove any dirt or soot from the thermocouple. The thermocouple is a part that senses heat. If it cools, it will turn the gas off to your furnace for safety reasons.
  • Cleaning the burner and the pilot. If the technician notices any evidence of cracks in the heat exchanger, public safety laws in most municipalities require that your technician shut the gas off to the furnace until it’s been fixed or replaced. Cracks can emit carbon monoxide (CO) into your home’s air.
  • Lubricating the blower motor and check the belt tension, replacing belts that have started to crack.
  • Making sure that the flue is clear and has no leaks.
  • Verifying that all the electrical connections are clean and tight.
  • Checking to see that all the gas connections are tight.
  • The technician also will make sure that the system is as dust-free as possible during the furnace inspection, and replace the air filter, which is something that you should check monthly. It may not need to be changed each month but getting in the habit of operating your furnace with a clean filter will improve your indoor air quality and cut down on heating costs.

    You should also ask the technician to measure the airflow in the ductwork throughout your home if you suspect you have leaks or have rooms that are less comfortable than others. Loose or leaky ducts may be to blame.

    The experts at Pipe Works Services can provide a furnace inspection for you before the heavy heating season begins. If you’d like to learn more, please contact us. We’ve provided outstanding HVAC services for northern New Jersey homeowners for more than 10 years.

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