Furnace Maintenance: Seasonal furnace maintenance is essential to make sure your furnace is running efficiently and safely.
- Test heating system – turn the thermostat to heat mode and set it to 82 degrees just for testing. The furnace should turn on and warm air should blow through the vents. If running ok, turn your thermostat back to its normal setting. It the test fails you may need to contact your qualified service technician.
- Be sure to protect your family by testing for Carbon Monoxide leaks, this silent killer can easily be detected with either a test badge or battery operated alarm.Time to prepare for cozying up to that warm fire!
Fireplace Maintenance: With cooler weather approaching it won’t be long before it’s time to cozy up to a warm fire in your fireplace or woodstove. So now is the time to prepare your fireplace or woodstove for those chili days and nights.
- Clean or have your chimney cleaned and make sure to check that the chimney is clear of any nests from birds, squirrels or other animals.
- Clean out your woodstove
- Remove clutter which may have accumulated on or near the stove or fireplace
- Examine the outer mortar between bricks or stone to make sure it is intact. Shine a flashlight down the chimney to look at the mortar inside. If the mortar is crumbling, it must be replaced. Look for cracked tile liners or missing bricks and have repaired immediately.
- Be sure chimney bricks and mortar are in good condition
- Inspect for Formation of Creosote – Creosote is a flammable substance that is hard, dark, and crust like. It is produced during incomplete combustion of wood. An accumulation of creosote can cause a dangerous chimney fire, so it must be removed. You can minimize creosote by burning dry hardwoods, since their lower moisture content promotes more complete burning. A hot fire produces less creosote than smoldering woods. Increase the air supply if necessary so that wood burns more completely.
- Check chimney draft to make sure the chimney will draw up the fire and smoke properly. (Note: can test this by lighting newspaper to make sure smoke will rise up the chimney).