Is your furnace working properly? Make sure it is running properly

Is your furnace working properly?

It is time to start your furnace and make sure it is running properly and starting when the temperature drops

Furnaces routine maintenance
Furnaces need routine maintenance and testing

Furnaces need routine maintenance and testing.  The igniter can go bad, the flame sensor can get corroded, and the induced draft motor can fail to start the furnace.  Make sure you turn on the furnace and let it start itself on by setting the temperature above what the thermostat is currently reading.  Let it run for awhile to make sure it is heating the house properly and that it is shutting off.

If it doesn’t start up make sure the furnace blower switch is turned on.  If this doesn’t solve the problem you might as well call a reputable firm for a fall furnace tune-up.  When the technician comes out they will do some tests for you and see if there really is a problem.  It might be something as simple as a fuse has blown or the spark igniter is not working properly.  These are quick inexpensive fixes and you will get a tune up while the technician is out.  If the company that comes out quotes you an expensive repair you might want to read reviews on the company and get a second opinion.  Not all companies are as trustworthy as Tobin air.

You should also change your furnace filter at this time.  The typical life of a furnace filter is 3 months. The best way to gauge how often the furnace filter needs to be changed is to check it often and see how dirty it looks compared to a new filter.

Do not let the  filter get to the point where when you hold it up to the light and 50% of the light is visible looking through the filter.

A good rule of thumb if you live in Denver, CO is to replace the filter in the fall when you start running the furnace. Replace it again at the end of January. If you forget to check it again at least you are changing it twice a year. This should be good enough to make sure it is relatively clean.  If you have central air conditioning, then it’s a good idea to check the filter monthly in the summer  to make sure it is clean as well.  Changing every 2-3 months is usually sufficient. Make sure you change your filter regularily and look at the filter as it has an arrow on it as to which way the filter should be placed into the filter box for correct air flow through the filter.

Call Tobin HVAC today to schedule a fall seasonal tune up and  inspection special through October 31st for $109.  Call  303.893.5675.