Is it time to consider furnace repair and service? Winters are cold and sometimes freezing in the Pacific Northwest. However, residents who want to ensure properly working heating equipment during these blustery days can take simple steps each fall to prepare for cold weather. Regular furnace repair and service solves small problems before they become big, reducing the need for costly furnace repairs.
Homeowners can easily perform some of this maintenance. However, thorough furnace maintenance is best left to a professional heating, ventilation and air conditioning contractor, who will carefully examine all elements of the equipment to make sure that it works properly and is safe to operate.
Apex Air is a full-service HVAC company that provides furnace repair and maintenance on all makes and models of equipment in communities near Vancouver, Washington and Portland, Oregon.
Dirty filters are the primary reason that heating and air conditioning systems stop working. To keep filters clean, replace them at least twice a year. During winter, you may need to change filters once a month. Filters trap dust and other airborne debris so that these pollutants don’t enter the system. Clogged filters impede airflow and can cause the unit to stop working.
Before turning on the furnace for the first time, make sure the thermostat is set properly and switched from air conditioning to heating. Examine the area around the furnace for dust or soot. If black soot is present, it may indicate a problem with combustion or the heat exchanger. In this case, a professional furnace repair technician is needed.
The gas furnace’s flame should be blue. If the flame is yellow or orange, there may be a problem with combustion.
Adjusting burners and cleaning the pilot should be done by a furnace repair specialist. If there is a smell of gas at any time, open doors and windows, turn the gas off at the main line, and call Apex Air or the local gas company to investigate the problem. Gas leaks are extremely dangerous and must be handled by a trained professional.
If the furnace does not turn on or provide adequate heat after completing these simple furnace maintenance tasks, it may be time to call a professional HVAC contractor. Trained technicians will examine the entire system to clean and calibrate all the elements. The technician will also test for dangerous gasses, making sure that combustion is correct and will check to make sure that the plenum and heat exchanger are in good condition.
Apex Air provides new installation, service and maintenance for commercial and residential HVAC systems. As a Bryant Factory Authorized Dealer, Apex Air must adhere to the highest industry standards in customer service and technological know-how.
Our technicians are certified by NATE, the industry leader in technician HVAC and refrigeration certification. We are licensed in both Oregon and Washington. Apex Air offers 24-hour emergency service for situations that must be handled immediately.
For more information about furnace maintenance, annual maintenance plans and new installations, call Apex Air today.
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