Heating Homes: DIY vs. Pro: Who Does What with Furnace Maintenance

Furnace Maintenance and Safety

Many homes in North Idaho are heated by a furnace, or forced-air system. These systems are generally easy to maintain and have low up-keep, but there are some maintenance items that need to be done regularly to ensure your furnace keeps running for years to come. How do you know what you can do yourself, and what you should hire a professional furnace service or repair team for?

Furnace Maintenance Checklist:

Do it yourself – changing filters

One of the biggest things you can do to ensure your furnace operates properly is to check and change the air filters on a regular basis. You should do this monthly or every other month, depending on the size of your home and the number of people and pets living there. If the filter is gray in color, or if you can see dirt and dust built up on the filter, it’s time to change your filter. In addition, if you notice your heating or cooling system isn’t working as well as it normally does or if your home is dustier than usual, it’s time to change your filter. You can find filters at any home improvement store; be sure you choose the one that is right for your furnace.

Call a professional – preventive maintenance check

You should schedule a preventative maintenance check on your furnace each year. A furnace service team will come to your home and check your furnace for possible issues; if they find any problems, they are often able to fix these before they worsen or affect your quality of life. Things a preventative maintenance check will inspect are: blower motor, thermostat, condensate drain and coil, refrigerant, safety mechanisms, electrical wiring, fans and ductwork.

Call a professional – emergency furnace repairs

Is your furnace suddenly making lots of rumbling, grinding or squeaking noises? Maybe it’s cycling (or turning on and off) more than it used to? Or maybe, you’re just not getting any heat out of it at all? All of these are signs that something is wrong inside your furnace. This is the time to consult a professional furnace repair service, like J. A. Bertsch. Our team has the training and certification to diagnose the problem and ensure it’s fixed so you’re not out in the cold.

24-Hour Emergency Furnace Repair:

There’s never a good time to have your furnace fail, especially in the dead of night or winter in North Idaho. No matter what the issue, you need it repaired immediately. Whether you live in one of North Idaho’s cities or in a rural area, J.A. Bertsch is available to help, as our repair services are available 24/7.

Our guarantee: you will not be charged extra for nights & emergency repairs.

We guarantee 100 percent satisfaction for our customers, because our team is fully licensed and insured in all aspects of furnace repair services, sales, installation and maintenance for all makes and models.

Our heating experts work around the clock to ensure our neighbors in North Idaho are never left out in the cold.

Our services are available in Kootenai County and North Idaho areas, including Coeur d’Alene, Athol, Hayden, Plummer, Post Falls, Rathdrum, St. Maries, Sandpoint and Spirit Lake, as well as Spokane County. If you have any concerns about your furnace or other heating system, feel free to give our award-winning service a call.

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