Cold weather is just around the corner in our region, so it’s important to take action now and ensure that your heating equipment can withstand winter’s blasts. One of the best ways to get yourself organized is to make a furnace checklist. Then contact your HVAC technician and schedule an inspection. You can go over the points on your furnace checklist (or heat pump or whatever equipment you have) item by item and make sure that each component is in good working order.
Here are some of the components your HVAC tech should check for on your furnace checklist:
- Heat exchanger. The heat exchanger should be the No. 1 item on your furnace checklist. This is the chamber where the combustion process takes place. Over time, the metal walls can crack and release carbon monoxide. Your technician should always check for proper combustion and for any cracks.
- Burners. Burners should be clean to ensure proper combustion. The flame should burn blue (never yellow, which is a sign of dirt).
- Wiring. Ask your tech about the condition of your electrical wiring; specifically, whether it’s loose or frayed.
- Blower motor. Measure voltage and current to ensure safe operation. Check the blower motor and fan blades to see if cleaning is necessary, as dirt can cause short cycling and inefficient operation. Also check the furnace’s fan limit switch.
- Thermostat. The thermostat settings should be checked to ensure they are accurate. This is also a good time to talk about the age of your thermostat and whether it needs upgrading. Ask the technician to check wiring as well.
- Controls. Test all controls to ensure they are operating properly.
- Flues. Make sure flues are clear of obstructions to ensure safe operation.
- Vent connector. This should be in place, sloping upward, without holes or corrosion.
- Ductwork. If the ducts are accessible, have the HVAC tech check to ensure the segments are connected and that there are no cracks or holes.
- Gas line. Check for leaks in the gas line.
For more input on your furnace checklist, contact Detmer and Sons. We serve Dayton and the surrounding area.