St. Louis Heating Contractor Prescribes Preventative Maintenance
Don't let the furnace and heating system go without a checkup this winter. For safety reasons alone, any furnace reliant upon gas or other fossil fuels calls for an inspection.
Not to mention, preventative maintenance prolongs a furnace and heating system's shelf life.
Heating system technology has come a long way over the last decade. In fact, system designed more than 12 years ago are often due for a replacement, as these conventional heating systems lose energy efficiency overtime.
1) The utility bill is one telltale sign of a faltering furnace. Review energy costs and usage over the last three to five winters. If you notice that utility bill has been on the rise, compare your usage.
Each year, a standard heating system loses 5% of its efficiency, especially without
an annual checkup. This loss of efficiency causes the furnace and heating system to work harder, thus exerting more energy," explains a spokesperson from Hoffmann Brothers, a St. Louis-based heating systems contractor.
2) If you are perpetually resetting the thermostat to achieve a desired temperature or the furnace is constantly recycling on and off, the furnace calls for attention. In many cases an air filter replacement will quell the problem.
3) A pungent odor of gas in close proximity to the furnace requires the immediate attention of a heating contractor. For any home in St. Louis, leaking gas can lead to a fatal situation (fire, gas poisoning).
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4) If the pilot light is unable to maintain a light, a furnace repair call is in order. Be sure to call a heating and cooling contractor to set an emergency appointment and find out what steps to take to keep your home safe. Note that only a heating and cooling contractor, licensed in St. Louis, has the expertise to make heating and furnace repairs and installation.
5) Preventative maintenance is essential in identifying if the furnace's heat exchanger is working properly. A cracked heat exchanger burns fuel, emitting carbon monoxide into the home. Carbon monoxide poison is fatal. Each year, hundreds of Missourians die from carbon monoxide poisoning.
Call Hoffmann Brothers today -- to care for your St. Louis home's heating system and furnace at 314.664.3011.