Seattle furnaces can run nine months of the year. Based on the average temperatures in our area, if you compared running your furnace to a car it would get the equivalent of 1.8 million miles over its expected lifespan of 15 years. Your heating system will work hard for you, but like your car, doing routine and regular maintenance will keep it running smoothly, avoid problems, and keep your warranty intact.
Before performing DIY furnace maintenance, Richard makes sure to switch off the electrical power and the fuel supply. The distinctive red power switchplate can usually be found at the top of the cellar stairs or near the burner itself, while the fuel shutoff valve is near the oil tank or on the incoming gas pipe. Note the location of both in case of a future leak or fire.
"During the winter, all the air that your family is breathing comes through this filter," says Richard. "You can't change it too often, but never let it go for more than a year." Changing the filter is something any homeowner can do easily. At the same time, Richard checks the blower belt's wear and tension. (The blower, driven by an electric motor, moves heated air from the furnace through ductwork to room vents.) A loose belt can slow the blower, compromising efficiency. If the belt deflects more than ¾ inch when pressed firmly, it can be adjusted by sliding the motor backward slightly.
Whether you have an electric or gas furnace, you shouldn’t have to suffer when your heater is not working. At Sears Home Services, our technicians fix many of the top furnace manufacturers. The issues you may face with your furnace can vary depending on the type of heating system. If you own an electric model and it isn’t working, some of the potential causes include:

At B & B Heating & Cooling, heating and cooling isn’t solely our job, it’s our passion. We’re dedicated to providing you with high quality HVAC service in Florissant. No matter the size of the problem or time of day, you can rely on us to get the job done properly. After all, B & B Heating & Cooling has been working in the community since 1985, bringing comfort to our customers right when they need it.


Cleaning the debris that builds up on your filters will aid with the flow of air. When your air filter is clogged, your air handler must work harder to compensate for the blockage of air flow. In addition to driving up your utility bill, the reduced air flow through your heating and cooling system can cause your heat exchanger to overheat and shut off too quickly.    

No matter how minor you may think that a problem with your air conditioner is, it will eventually lead to more serious problems if given the time. Prompt air conditioning repair service is the best way to limit the damage that any problems with your AC can do. Let our Puyallup air conditioning repair technicians get your AC back on track in no time.

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At your maintenance appointment, ask your technician about the Sears Maintenance Advantage Program. For less than $13 per month*, a Sears HVAC expert tunes up your HVAC system twice a year, helping it work optimally throughout heating and cooling seasons. As part of the program, if your HVAC system needs a repair, we diagnose the problem free of charge and give you a 15 percent discount on repair parts and labor.
Great article! I am having trouble identifying what to use for the aluminum or zinc strips to prevent organic growth and staining. How wide are the strips? Are they predrilled? I am starting to see black stains on the north facing asphalt shingles. Do you recommend treating that befor adding the metal strips? If so, 50/50 bleach and water or a commercial product?

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