How often should my equipment be serviced?
Updated: Oct 4, 2021
An honest professional breakdown on Heating/Cooling system services, justified.
Furnaces: (every 1 or 2 years )
Furnaces heat air by burning gas in a sealed tube called the heat exchanger, once hot air is passed over the heat exchanger and then distributed throughout the home by a blower.
-Must be checked regularly for carbon monoxide (heat exchanger leak)
-Should have their filter changed every 3-4 months when running
-Should be professionally serviced regularly (at least every 2nd year)
-Generally, have a life expectancy of 15-20 years.
-New, high efficiency furnaces can save you up to 40% on your gas bill
Boilers/Hot Water: (yearly or rarely depending on the type!)
Boilers work the same as furnaces but with water.
-There are 2 types of boilers. Condensing and non-Condensing
(think of it as efficient and non-efficient)
-Non-condensing boilers: require a simple maintenance about every 2 years.
-Hot water tanks: do not require a maintenance, just keep the area around them clean and check the pan below for any signs of moisture regularly.
Tankless hot water require an annual maintenance as they are by and large condensing units.
Most new boilers are condensing.
Condensing Boilers can save you up to 40% on your gas bill.
Condensing boilers/On demand hot water: (yearly *important*)
-Are used for heating domestic hot water and for radiant heating throughout the home
-Must be serviced with a professional cleaning annually.
-They will fail prematurely if neglected.
Air Conditioners and Heat Pumps: (Indoor: yearly | Outdoor: Bi-annual)
-Air Conditioners and Heat Pumps both work by absorbing heat and moving it from one place to another
-It is important to have the indoor coil cleaned annually at the beginning or end of the cooling season to improve efficiency and suppress bacterial/mold growth.
-The outdoor coil should always be kept clear of debris/plants/chemicals and professionally cleaned with a special cleaning agent every 2 years, this maintains maximum efficiency and prevents premature failure.
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