Natural Gas Furnaces
- A Guide to Maintaining Your Natural Gas Furnace
Before you have a heating problem, call your heating contractor to perform
a regular maintenance check of your natural gas furnace or boiler
- Motorized equipment, like your heating system, requires regular
adjustments, burner cleaning, parts replacement, repairs, venting
inspection, and other checks. Licensed experts know your equipment and
the necessary codes to follow.
- Your contractor can help make your equipment operate with peak
efficiency, last longer, and save you money year after year.
What's checked in a furnace maintenance check?
Your licensed contractor typically inspects:
- Heat exchanger
- test for carbon monoxide
- visible gas pipes for leaks
- electronic ignition system
- fan, motor, bearings, belts, pumps
- air filter, electronic air cleaner
- burners, pilot
- pilot safety system
- furnace controls
- power exhaust
- flame pattern
- heat rise
How much does a furnace maintenance check cost?
You can expect to pay anywhere from $60 to $140 for a maintenance check by
a licensed expert. Before agreeing to a check, ask what it includes.
easy things you can do between checks
- Clean or replace the air filter on your forced-air
furnace every one to two months. A dirty filter reduces
airflow and makes your furnace run longer.
- Allow for unobstructed airflow near hot air registers
(see left), return air grills, radiators, and baseboard
Your heating contractor is your connection to answers
Ask your contractor:
- What regular maintenance your natural gas heating system needs and
what it includes
- what maintenance or heating protection programs they offer
- how you can maximize your system's efficiency