When Should I Do Furnace Maintenance?
The old adage is true: an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure. Below you’ll
find our Preventative Maintenance Checklist, which is our proven method to keep
your system in the pink and your home in constant comfort.
- For a system that heats and cools: perform
maintenance in the spring and fall
cooling system maintenance only: perform maintenance at least once a year, before
the cooling season
- For furnace maintenance only: perform maintenance
at least once a year, before the heating season.
HVAC Preventative Maintenance Checklist
Many dealers provide priority service for their customers who have an annual maintenance
or service agreement. Bi-annual preventative maintenance will ensure that your system
runs as efficiently as possible. Your local dealer will perform the following tasks,
depending on the unit:
- Inspect unit for proper refrigerant level
and adjust if necessary
- Clean dirt, leaves and debris from inside
- Inspect base pan for restricted drain openings—remove
obstructions as necessary
- Inspect coil and cabinet—clean as needed
- Inspect fan motor and fan blades for wear
and damage—on older models lubricate as needed
- Inspect control box, associated controls/accessories,
wiring and connections. Controls may include contactors, relays, circuit boards,
capacitors, sump heat and other accessories. All control box and electrical parts
should be checked for wear or damage.
- Inspect compressor and associated tubing
- Inspect and clean blower assembly (includes
blower housing, blower wheel and motor)
- On older models, lubricate motor and inspect
and replace fan belt if needed
- Check combustion blower housing for lint
and debris and clean as necessary
- Inspect evaporator coil, drain pan and
condensate drain lines. Clean as needed
- Inspect for gas leaks in gas furnaces
- Inspect burner assembly—clean and adjust
- Inspect ignition system and safety controls—clean
and adjust as needed
- Inspect heat exchanger or heating elements
- Inspect flue system—check for proper attachment
to the furnace, any dislocated sections, and for signs of corrosion. Replace if
- Inspect control box, associated controls,
wiring and connections
- Clean or replace
- Inspect conditioned airflow system (ductwork)—check
While Your System Is Operating
- Monitor system starting characteristics
- Listen for abnormal noise
- Search for source of unusual odors
- Monitor air conditioning and heat pump
systems for correct refrigerant charge
- Measure outdoor dry bulb temperature
- Measure indoor dry and wet bulb temperature
- Measure high and low side system pressures
- Monitor gas furnace for correct line and
manifold gas pressure—make adjustments as needed
- Measure temperature rise and adjust airflow
- Check vent system for proper operation
- Monitor system for correct line and load
- Monitor system operation per manufacturer's
- Provide system operation report and recommend
repairs or replacement as necessary
NOTE: Trane recommends all maintenance and service work be performed by a professional
air conditioning and heating dealer that holds the appropriate credentials to install
and service air conditioning and heating equipment.
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How Can I Get the Most Out of My Trane Heating and Cooling Systems?
Trane systems are designed to provide optimal efficiency and comfort. Now it’s time
to do the same to your home. Here are some things you can do around the house to
optimize the operation of your system, as well as the comfort inside your home.
Cooling System Maintenance
- Set the thermostat as high as comfort will
- Make sure attics are adequately ventilated
to relieve heat buildup. If necessary, improve airflow by adding or enlarging vents.
- When building a new house or renovating
an old one, choose light-colored roof shingles to reflect more of the sun's heat.
- During moderate weather, don't use the
air conditioner unnecessarily.
- Draw blinds or drapes to block the sunlight
during the hottest part of the day.
- Install awnings over windows exposed to
- In the cooling season, don't run kitchen
and bath exhaust fans longer than necessary.
- Don't place lamps, TV sets or other heat-producing
devices beneath a wall-mounted thermostat. Rising heat from that equipment may cause
the air conditioning system to overcool your house.
Heating & Furnace Maintenance
- Locate the
thermostat on an inside wall away from windows and doors.
- Set the thermostat as low as comfort permits.
Each degree over 68°F can add 3% to the amount of energy needed for heating.
- People generate heat. So lower the thermostat
a degree or two when expecting a large group of guests.
- Make sure your home is properly insulated.
This is the single most important step in conserving energy. Thermal insulation
should be specified in terms of thermal resistance (R-values). R-30 (10") is
recommended for ceilings, and R-11 (3-1/2”) for exterior walls and floors over unheated
areas. In colder climates, consider additional insulation.
- Infiltration of humid outside air is your
heating and air conditioning system's worst enemy—it could account for 15% to 30%
of air conditioning energy requirements. Find the places where air can sneak into
the home and plug them with caulking, weather-stripping or plastic. Also, weather-strip
and caulk around all entrance doors and windows.
- Cut heat transfer through your windows
by 40% to 50% with double-glazing (two panes of glass separated by a sealed air
space) and low-e glass.
- Use wood- or metal-frame storm windows
even if single-glazed windows are high quality. The extra layer of glass and the
layer of still air will cut heat transfer considerably.
- Install storm doors at all entrances to
- Keep all windows and doors closed.
- Remember that by increasing the glass area,
you increase the amount of heat added in summer and lost in winter.
- Make sure fireplaces have tight-fitting
dampers, which can be closed when the fireplace is not in use. Invest in a humidifier
to conserve energy in winter. The air in your home won't be as dry, so you stay
comfortable at a lower temperature setting.