Seasonal Furnace and A/C Maintenance
Your Furnace and Air Conditioner can be producing all the heat or cooling you desire, yet be in need of Inspection and Maintenance. Just like a car, your Heating, Ventilation and Air Conditioning (HVAC) systems must be maintained and inspected to ensure safety, maximize both energy efficiency and your comfort, and ensure maximum system lifespan.
What happens if they are not maintained? Your personal safety can be at risk. Systems will use more energy and will wear out faster because they must run longer and harder due to not running at their peak ability.
Here are some Furnace and A/C Problems Or Failures Which Might Not Be Discovered Without An Annual Inspection:
- Carbon Monoxide (CO2)Poisoning from an improperly vented furnace. The vent can work safely for years, then suddenly not be venting safely due to something as simple as a bird’s nest built at the top of the vent.
- Carbon Monoxide Poisoning from a cracked Furnace Heat-Exchanger. Your gas furnace burners heat a metal structure (heat exchanger) inside your furnace. The blower moves air over this structure and the heated air is distributed to the home. Over the lifetime of the furnace, it’s not uncommon for a heat-exchanger to crack due to years of expansion during heating & contraction when burners are off. A cracked unit allows carbon monoxide into the home.
- Because Carbon Monoxide build-up can occur at any time, and for a myriad of reasons, your safety is dependent on having properly working Co2 Detector. It’s very important to know CO2 Detectors wear out after at 10 years. They can appear to be working correctly, and may work during a test, but the ability of the Detector to do its job is unreliable at 10 years.
- Replace the battery annually (or when detector beeps) and replace the Detector once it’s 10 years old. Put the install date on the ceiling side of Detector before installation.
- The cooling-coil (inside the furnace & not visible) can clog with dust, even with proper filter changes (the filter does not catch everything). This coil is what removes humidity from the home, so it’s wet most of the time. Moisture and dust are all that mold needs to grow. Then mold-spores are blown through the house by the furnace.
- Refrigerant marginally low in A/C. Yes it will still cool, but it must run longer to maintain the indoor temperature. This results in higher electricity bills and less comfort when the A/C can’t keep up because it’s not cooling at its full ability.
- No heat due to improper gas pressure in gas furnace. The gas valve will not open due to improper gas pressure. If gas pressure is too high / low, the valve won’t open (a safety-feature).
- No heat due to failed furnace igniter. Igniters fail over time due to the rapid expansion and contraction of the metal (which heats to the point it produces an orange glow) which ignites the burners.
- No cooling due to the A/C condenser (outside unit) fan has stopped working. The condenser will continue to run, until it trips a safety overload switch and shuts down. In a worse case, if the safety overload switch does not work and the a/c condenser can be damaged, requiring expensive repairs or replacement. This is 1 of the top reasons a/c stops.
- No or little cooling due to a frozen evaporator-coil (inside the furnace and not visible). This is typically caused by a clogged air filter or low refrigerant level. If the filter is nearly completely blocked, the system may continue to run non stop in an attempt to cool with such restricted air-flow.
- No or very little cooling due to low refrigerant. In nearly every case, this indicates the system has started leaking refrigerant. Left unattended, the a/c produces less and less cooling and will become eventually be damaged requiring replacement.
Call Al’s today for a cooling or heating system inspection. You can also purchase Al’s Preferred Service Agreement (PSA) which includes Furnace and Air Conditioner Maintenance Inspections, Water Heater maintenance plus other services to check and correct problems before they pose a safety risk or inconvenience.
Al’s offers comprehensive Preferred Service Agreements (PSA) to all our customers. With Al’s PSA, you can be assured of maximum energy efficiency and comfort with a properly operating HVAC System. Additionally, properly maintained systems last longer.
Al’s provides Full-Service HVAC System Maintenance, Repair and Replacement Services on all brands of Air Conditioners, Furnaces and Heat Pumps (including Trane and American Standard). We perform every service needed to keep your heating and air conditioning system running at its best.
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Our HVAC Technicians are NATE (North American Technician Excellence) Certified. They are trained and experienced in providing maintenance and repair of your HVAC System + Installation of new HVAC systems.
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