The Difference Between a Furnace Maintenance and Furnace Cleaning
The terms furnace cleaning and furnace maintenance are often interchanged, however, it’s important to note that a furnace maintenance, which includes a comprehensive series of diagnostics and safety checks, contains the critical tests that need to be completed annually to keep you safe and comfortable in your home.
In the past, vacuuming was an expected and consistent part of a furnace maintenance, however, with new furnace technology and regular filter replacement, vacuuming is not required on every maintenance visit.
If I Don’t Hear a Vacuum Running, Am I Still Getting Good Value For My Money?
What you’re really paying for during a maintenance visit goes well beyond the cleaning of the inside of your furnace. Our TSSA-certified, licensed technicians perform a comprehensive diagnostic check to ensure that your furnace is operating safely, efficiently and to manufacturer’s specifications.
From performing a safety test for carbon monoxide (CO) to checking the unit’s safe operating temperature – what’s most important is that when we leave your house we’re confident that we have done all of the checks to ensure your equipment is running safely and as efficiently as possible and to the specifications of the manufacturer.
When Should I Expect My Direct Energy Technician To Use A Vacuum?
Direct Energy technicians have been trained to perform furnace maintenances to the highest safety and technical standards in the industry. If vacuuming is required to bring equipment to the correct operating temperature and manufacturer’s specifications our technicians will ensure that a furnace vacuuming is completed, however, if your equipment is working safely and efficiently it may not be necessary and will be left to the discretion of our technicians.
What Can I Do Between Annual Maintenance Visits To Ensure My Furnace Continues to Run Efficiently?
Next to having your furnace checked annually by a licensed professional, changing your filter is the most important thing to do in between those visits to ensure your furnace and air conditioner’s longevity and performance. One of the biggest culprits behind equipment issues are dirty filters which can:
- Restrict airflow, which puts additional strain on the fan motor that after time can make your motor burn out, your system overheat or your equipment fail.
- Force your fan motor to overwork which uses more energy, can cause damage to your system and significantly raise your utility bill.
- Drastically reduce your indoor air quality which can aggravate allergies, asthma and other illnesses.
- Clog ductwork with debris which can decrease your equipment's life span and lead to costly repair or replacement expenses.
How often should I change my furnace filter?
Manufacturers typically recommend that furnace filters be changed every three months. However, we suggest you check your furnace filters on a monthly basis to see if they are filled with dirt and other debris. Homes with smokers or pets will likely need to change their filters more regularly than other households. So our advice is to be prepared to replace your furnace filter every 3 months, however, check the filter every month and replace more frequently if required.