Monthly Archives: November 2012

Don’t Forget Your Furnace Maintenance!

Are you dragging out the heavy coats, hats and mittens? Yes, winter is fast approaching, which means it is that time of year to catch up on your routine furnace maintenance.

Keeping your furnace regularly maintained will help ensure that it is running according to the manufacturer’s specifications. By keeping your furnace operating at peak efficiency, you will be able to keep your monthly heating bills to a minimum and increase the lifespan of your furnace, again, saving you money.

In order to ensure proper, on-going operation of your heating system, you want to have a comprehensive furnace inspection completed every year. You want to have this done before we’re in the middle of the heating season so as to prevent a break-down when you need your furnace the most. The following is a list of some of the checks that should be included in your inspection:
· The physical structure of the chimney, flue and filters should be cleaned and inspected. Remove all debris and replace filters.
· Check the operation of the fan, blower and motor.
· Ensure proper ignition and combustion in the burners and pilot system.
· Check for carbon monoxide leaks and any leaks in the gas lines.
· Check for proper operation of the thermostat and other safety controls.

By keeping your furnace properly maintained you will not only save money, but you will also ensure your family’s comfort and safety. You will not have to worry about an unexpected and inconvenient furnace breakdown that could result in severe damage to your loved ones or property.

Derksen Plumbing provides the best service in furnace maintenance, and we want to be your service provider. Contact us to schedule an appointment to have your furnace checked by a professional.

Broken Furnace? Here’s Some Help!

It’s cold outside and the cold is creeping in; you have turned on the furnace blower, cranked up the thermostat, and nothing happens. Most people’s first reaction is to try it again: Turn off the fan, wait a minute, then turn it all back on—turning the temperature gauge even higher.

When nothing happens the second time—that’s when people panic.

A broken furnace is not something you want to have to deal with, especially in the middle of the heating season when you need it the most. However, sometimes malfunctions occur, and before calling a service provider, there are a few things you can check yourself.

First of all, check the thermostat to be sure there is no build-up of dust. Dirty contact points in the thermostat can prevent the signal from getting to the furnace. Your furnace runs just fine—it just doesn’t know it’s supposed to be running!

Also, check the fuse box or circuit breaker to make sure electricity is getting to the furnace, and nothing has been tripped.

If the thermostat is clean and nothing is wrong with the electricity, it’s time to make the service call, and while you can visually inspect the vents and outside of the furnace for blockages or damage, it is best to leave a close inspection of the inner workings of your furnace to a professional.

It is also good to remember that the best way to deal with a broken furnace is to make sure it doesn’t happen. You can do this by giving your furnace a regular annual “check-up” and fixing anything that looks as if it could become problematic.

Derksen Plumbing can help. We service all makes and models of furnaces. We have competitive pricing and provide a full warranty on our work. We will be there in the event of an emergency, and we can be there to help prevent an emergency. Just give us a call.