Your Fall Furnace Tune-up: What to Expect When the Technician Arrives

Your Fall Furnace Tune-up: What to Expect When the Technician ArrivesOne of your top priorities before winter arrives in the Kansas City area should be to ensure your home’s heating system is working correctly by having a qualified HVAC contractor perform a fall furnace tune-up. To get the most value for your money and to prevent any operational or safety issues, make sure the following steps are completed by the contractor:

  • Check the interior and exterior portions of the furnace vent system for blockages or leaks. Repair any damage found.
  • Inspect the gas lines for leaks and repair any that are found.
  • Clear any debris from the fresh air intake to ensure good air flow.
  • Check the gases in the furnace combustion chamber for carbon monoxide and other dangerous chemicals.
  • Clean the burners and check for a proper flame. Adjust the fuel flow and the pilot light if needed.
  • Check the thermocouple for proper operation. It should turn the gas off in the absence of a flame, to prevent dangerous gas accumulations.
  • Clean and thoroughly check the heat exchanger for rust, cracks and leaks. Service as necessary to prevent dangerous gases from flowing into the house.
  • Ensure there is a tight seal around the access door for the blower.
  • Clear any debris from the blower fan, and test to make sure that it’s drawing the correct amperage.
  • Replace the belt for the blower and lubricate the motor, if necessary.
  • Check the high limit control and any other safety devices. Adjust or repair if there are problems.
  • Check the output ducts from the furnace for leaks and seal as necessary.
  • Clean the drainage system, clear any blockages and ensure that there are no leaks.
  • Tighten all electrical connections on the furnace to prevent excessive heating that can lead to fires.
  • Change the air filter and calibrate the thermostat if required.

To find a qualified professional in the Kansas City area to perform your fall furnace tune-up and correct any problems found, please contact the HVAC professionals atOverland Park Heating & Cooling. We’ve been serving the areas in and around Kansas City since 1983.

Our goal is to help educate our customers in Overland Park, Kansas about energy and home comfort issues (specific to HVAC systems). 

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