Winter’s coming again, and it’s around that time when we start thinking of turning on our heat. Regardless of what type of furnace you have, electric or gas, it’s always a good idea to make sure that it’s running in optimal shape before turning it on for the next six months. To help you identify what to know for your winter furnace tune up, we’ve come up with a bit of a maintenance list for your furnace.

Winter Furnace Tune Up Maintenance

Why should I tune up my furnace?

Most of the time when furnaces break in the dead of winter, it’s an issue that could have been avoided by simple, yet regular, maintenance. Living in Winnipeg, you know how important heat is when it’s -40 Celsius.

By getting a furnace tune up, you’re also mitigating risks of a house fire.

Safety is always first with furnaces

Your safety, and that of your family or other house inhabitants, is and always should be the first priority. If you have a furnace that runs of natural gas, propane, etc., even one small leak can be potentially dangerous. Remember that carbon monoxide is a silent killer that could escape from your furnace.

Furnace warranty

Check your furnace’s warranty about annual inspections and maintenance. Sometimes, furnace manufacturers will void the warranty if you cannot prove that you had annual inspections, tune ups, and maintenance done.

Furnace issues

Getting your furnace looked at by a professional Winnipeg plumber & heater is key to not running into any issues later on when you least expect it. But keeping your furnace going in the winter is more than just for comfort levels. It’s also crucial in making sure that pipes don’t freeze. The last thing you want in the winter is a water leak.

One of the main causes of furnace system failures is the accumulation of dust and dirt. Scheduling your annual furnace tune up will decrease any chances of accumulation buildup.

Increase the life of your furnace

Keeping your furnace operating at the ideal level will also increase how long it lasts you. Having to replace your furnace five years sooner than necessary is a shameful waste of money and resources.

Plus, when your furnace is operating at its highest level, it costs you less. The less efficient your furnace operates, the more money it costs you.

Adequate air flow

Getting your furnace tuned up will ensure that you’re getting good airflow through it. Proper venting is crucial for distributing heat throughout your home. Less airflow means it will be harder for your furnace to keep the ideal temperature.

This increased stress on your furnace increases the chance of a breakdown or less efficient operation. It’s better to recognize parts that need to be replaced as opposed to replacing the entire unit.

Saving time if your furnace breaks down

To think that, in the middle of winter, a Winnipeg plumbing and heating company will be at your house five minutes after your furnace breaks is wishful thinking at best. Once your furnace goes, it’ll be at least a few hours, or more, for someone to get there.

And most likely, it’ll happen at the most inconvenient time, as these things always seem to do.

Testing your furnace’s wiring

The heating system inspection should also include a wire test. The wire inspection is critical for your safety. Broken or loose wires increase the chance of a fire breaking out.

Furnace blower maintenance

If your furnace tune up doesn’t include blower maintenance, get a different Winnipeg heating company to do it. Checking the seal will make sure the door closes properly and helps with regulating proper heat flow. They should also check for debris in the blower wheel to maintain optimal efficiency.

The furnace unit checkup typically includes blower maintenance. Checking the seal will guarantee the entree door is correctly closing. That helps with keeping the heat flowing properly. If any debris has developed in the blower wheel, the system will require cleaning to guarantee efficiency.

Conclusion for furnace maintenance

Sometimes we think that tuning up our furnace is a needless expense. I mean, we all have a ton of other expenses already, right. However, for a small chuck of change, you could be potentially avoiding a much higher bill should something go wrong. Plus, you’ll be comfortable knowing that you’re not spending any extra money by having your furnace not operating to maximum efficiency.

Schedule your furnace tune up