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Gold Medal Service Invites You to Have a Furnace Tune-Up

Gold Medal Service Invites You to Have a Furnace Tune-Up

Cold weather has arrived and that means heating systems that have been dormant for six months are being cranked up. But before a heating system can work at peak performance this winter, Gold Medal Service, an award-winning heating, cooling, plumbing, electrical drain and waterproofing service company, is offering New Jersey residents some heating system safety tips to help prepare their homes and businesses.

“Scheduling a heating system safety check is the best thing a home or business owner can do to prepare for the upcoming winter,” said Mike Agugliaro, Gold Medal Service’s co-founder. “These checks don’t take long and a good inspector can highlight possible issues. A furnace inspection can save between 10-20 percent on heating bills by ensuring the maximum efficiency of your system.”

With forecasters calling for a harsh winter, Gold Medal Service recommends an annual home furnace inspection which is critical to the safety and efficiency of a home's heating system. These inspections serve to improve the efficiency of the system and guarantee the safety of your family. There are several simple do-it-yourself fixes, which could make a difference in the energy costs.

While it is always best to have a licensed technician conduct your annual home heating inspection, knowing the steps for a home heating inspection can ensure that you get superior service. It is best to have your annual home heating inspection completed before the onslaught of cold weather. However, it is still better to conduct the home heating inspection later in the season rather than skipping it completely. All types of combustion-driven heating systems must be checked. This includes oil-fired hot-water boilers for radiator, baseboard and radiant-floor heating, oil-fueled forced-air systems, as well as propane forced-air systems.

Here are the critical steps for every home heating inspection:
1) Check for a carbon-monoxide detector.
2) Check chimneys, flues and vents.
3) Check pilot safety devices on both gas and oil systems.
4) Check the heat exchanger condition.
5) Clean the entire internal area of the furnace for soot in inappropriate places or amounts.
6) Check air-filter presence and condition in forced-air heating systems.
7) Clean motor and fan in forced-air heating systems.
8) Inspect ductwork and hot water piping systems for holes or leaks.
9) Test-start the furnace and test the functioning of the thermostat to make sure it is recording an accurate ambient temperature, then adjust the heat setting to start up the furnace to ensure that it can fire.
10) Check oil/propane tanks to verify the fuel source and gauge the serviceability of the tank (if present) and the lines.

More important, heating system safety checks will keep your family safe and warm all winter long. Gold Medal Service provides heating system safety inspections, and regularly receives the Super Service Award from Angie’s List, a designation given to less than five percent of businesses that maintain a superior service record.