Heat pumps and oil-fired furnaces and boilers need a yearly professional tune-up. Gas-fired equipment burns cleaner; it should be serviced every other year.
A yearly inspection will uncover possible leaks, soot, rust, rot, corroded electrical contacts, and frayed wires. In furnace (forced-air) and boiler (hot-water) systems, the inspection should also cover the chimney, ductwork or pipes, dampers or valves, blower or pump, registers or radiators, the fuel line and the gas meter or oil tank, as well as every part of the furnace or boiler itself.
Next, the system is run through several full heating cycles to ensure proper operation, including plenty of combustion air and chimney draft. If draft issues are suspected, a closer inspection is performed to determine sufficient draft and also test the air for carbon monoxide.
Finally, it’s time for the down and dirty task of cleaning the burners and heat exchanger to remove soot and other gunk that can impede smooth operation. For the burner, efficiency hinges on proper adjustment. ensuring the flame is the right size and colour, adjusting the flow of gas, or changing the fuel filter in an oil-fired system.
A check of the heat pump includes an inspection of the compressor, fan, indoor and outdoor coils, and refrigerant lines. Indoor and outdoor coils are inspected and cleaned as required. The refrigerant pressures are checked to ensure optimum levels and early identification of potential leaks.
If a leak is suspected, the system is checked with electronic detectors. To learn more about our comprehensive maintenance solutions, contact Climate Works today.