Looking To Purchase a New Furnace, Or Have Your Furnace Serviced? - September 24th 2004


Looking To Purchase a New Furnace, Or Have Your Furnace Serviced?

With the winter quickly approaching, it's a great time to start thinking about how you heat your home. Below are a few lists that will help you when you are deciding to purchase a new furnace, or if you are going to have your furnace or boiler tuned-up so it operates in peak form for the winter season.

Important Questions to Ask When Shopping for a Furnace

- What type of furnace do I need?

- How many BTU's?

- What efficiency should I have?

- Is the duct (supply and return) adequate?

- Should I have more supply air and what about a basement return air?

- Does my venting have to be changed for a new furnace?

- Is the hot water tank venting proper size and gauge?

- Are there advantages to a continuous low speed fan?

- Will my old thermostat work with a new furnace?

- How often should I change or clean the furnace filter?

- What can I do as a homeowner to keep my furnace running at the highest efficiency possible?

Furnace Tune-up Check List

- Check gas pressure and check for any gas leaks.

- Clock and adjust input to the manufacturer's rating place specifications.

- Confirm temperature rise across heat exchanger within manufacturer's rating plate specifications.

- Inspect and clean fan and air filter assembly.

- Check proper operation of motor(s) and lubricate as needed.

- Inspect filters or electronic air cleaner as applicable.

- Inspect, adjust and clean pilot light or electronic ignition as applicable.

- Visually inspect heat exchanger (if accessible).

- Clean burner area. Inspect, clean and adjust burners.

- Check electrical controls wiring and controls.

- Check proper operation of venting system including any inlet air screen and filters.

- Inspect thermostat(s) - check heat anticipator is at correct setting (as applicable)

- Check condensate line/pump and secondary heat exchanger (as applicable)

Boiler Tune-up Check List

- Check gas pressure and check for any gas leaks.

- Clock and adjust input to the manufacturer's rating place specifications.

- Confirm temperature rise across heat exchanger is within manufacturer's rating plate specifications (if required).

- Check proper operation of motor(s) and pump(s) and lubricate as applicable.

- Inspect, adjust and clean pilot light or electronic ignition as applicable.

- Visually inspect heat exchanger (if accessible).

- Clean burner area.

- Inspect, clean and adjust burners.

- Check electrical controls wiring and controls.

- Check proper operation of venting system including any inlet air screen and filters.

- Inspect thermostat(s) - check heat anticipator is at correct setting (as applicable)

- Check condensate line/pump and secondary heat exchanger (as applicable)

- Check system water pressure and operation of expansion tank.

- Inspect pressure relief valve for leakage and proper operation.

- Inspect backflow preventer for leakage and proper operation.

- Inspect boiler feed regulator (pressure reducing valve) for leakage and proper operation.

- Verify air elimination system is working properly.

- Identify any extraordinary noises in system.

- Check boiler water flow, zones and short cycling.