Furnaces are like plumbing: they’re some of the home’s “invisible” systems. Many homeowners just ignore them until they break down. It’s easy to see why – but without our furnaces, living in Calgary just doesn’t work. Our winters are just too cold.
If you take care of your furnace, it will take care of you. Find out how to save money and headaches by keeping your furnace in peak condition. Seniors get a 5% discount.
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Why Have Your Furnace Cleaned and Serviced?
Furnaces are mechanical systems, and even the best furnaces are subject to wear and tear and can break down over time.
A gas furnace may be relatively clean-burning, but residue from the combustion process still builds up, and can interfere with efficient fuel use. High temperatures will cause parts to develop hairline cracks or other problems over time. Duct work that is full of dust, hair and other debris can also make a serious negative impact on the performance of your system. You can learn about our 23-point duct cleaning process here.
Even the cool air that comes into the furnace from outside brings debris and pollutants with it. If your home is dusty or you have pets, even more particles will be circulating through the furnace and causing buildup – most filters can only catch so much.
Furnace Tune Up Benefits
Here are just a few of the benefits of regular furnace cleaning and maintenance – and they all boil down to saving you money.
- You’ll extend the working life of your furnace. While furnaces can generally be expected to last 15 – 20 years with care, lack of maintenance can reduce the lifespan.
- A maintained furnace runs more efficiently, so you’ll save money on your heating bills in the long run.
- Our furnace technician will be able to catch any problems that may be developing – before they become expensive emergencies. You’ll reduce the likelihood of a furnace breakdown on a cold winter night, when your furnace is working hardest.
- Your furnace can be checked for gas leaks or blockages in the exhaust system, keeping you safer from potential carbon monoxide leaks.
A little preventative maintenance goes a long way. While it’s best to get your furnace cleaned just before the cold weather begins (this will save the most on your heating bills), any time will help.
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Why Trust Knight With Your Furnace
For over 40 years, Knight (originally Assured) has made a commitment to serving the homeowners of Calgary:
- Our expert technicians are the nicest you’ll ever meet – we’ll treat you and your home with the courtesy you deserve. No waiting around, no mess, no technical bafflegab – we promise!
- Our competitive, up-front pricing means you know what the total cost will be before the work begins.
- Satisfaction guaranteed.
- Seniors’ discount: 5%.
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Our Furnace Tune-Up Process
Our furnace cleaning process will depend on the make and model of your furnace, but generally includes the following:
- Inspect the heat exchanger. Check for cracks, corrosion, separations, and other small flaws.
- Inspect and test the blower assembly.
- Inspect and test the burner assembly.
- Inspect and test the ignition system and sequence for proper start up as per manufacturer’s specs.
- Inspect all wire connections and tighten if necessary.
- Inspect and test the motor.
- Inspect and test the thermocouple and ignitor.
- Inspect and test the flame sensor, pressure switches, and limit switches.
- Inspect and test the thermostat.
- Inspect and test the humidifier for proper operation.
- Check for gas leaks.
- Make sure there are no blockages in the air intake and exhaust system.
- Provide to the home owner a full report containing information about any recommendations and minor adjustments made, along with details for any recommendations or attention required.
DIY Furnace Tip: Replace Your Furnace Filter Regularly
While most furnace maintenance tasks are best left to the professionals, paying attention to your furnace filter will really help. Generally furnace filters should be replaced every 2 – 3 months, depending on your home. If it gets dirty earlier it should be replaced earlier: the important thing is to keep air intake as particle-free as possible. You can read more furnace tips here.
Traditionally, furnace filters were designed to protect the furnace and fans. With increased air quality awareness, some filters are now being installed to reduce exposure to particles which can affect your health. Learn more about improving your air quality to help with allergies, mould issues and just plain stale winter air.