We think we do one of the best heat exchanger inspections available. For years the best that we could do was a visible inspection of the exposed areas of the heat exchanger with a flashlight and a mirror. This was effective in finding larger holes in easily accessible areas. Several years ago we learned of a new method which we now employ as necessary, based upon the observed conditions of your furnace and its age.
At Sims Heating and Cooling, our technicians are trained to run full combustion analysis before and after they clean and certify each furnace so as to provide actual tangible data to our clients. Our clients can see the improvements that our techs made during the cleaning process.
One of the most important reasons we've invested in combustion gas analyzers(they're not cheap), was to do the best job of finding a safety issue BEFORE it ever becomes dangerous.
In the Battle Creek area, there are 2 types of HVAC contractors: those that use state of the art combustion gas analyzers (10%) to determine energy efficiency, performance & health threats and those who don't (90%). That means peace of mind for you!
When we determine that there is a crack or hole in your heat exchanger we shut down your furnace to protect you and your family from any potential dangers and work with you to facilitate an expedited repair or replacement. We will provide you with an electric heater temporarily so you can remain in your home. Sometimes homeowners seek out a second opinion and we recommend that they do so if there is any doubt on their part as to our findings. This situation can lead to a very 'charged or heated' discussion. We do our best to prevent that.
The question is, when will the crack be large enough to begin leaking carbon monoxide into your home. It's never a black and white situation. We also take into account the age or your furnace, the manufacturer and model including our service history with them.
We take a very serious approach with the utmost of professionalism and concern for our reputation. We've built our success on preventative maintenance where 100's of homeowners join our annual maintenance plan and have the benefits of a tune up year in and year out.
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Here is a link to the American Gas Association. The following is some of the information:
For your safety and the safety of those around you, it is important to have major electric or fuel-burning appliances and equipment, such as furnaces, boilers, ranges, water heaters and clothes dryers, periodically safety inspected. Annual safety inspections are often recommended by manufacturers. This safety inspection can be performed by a qualified service agency that is experienced in performing service work and has complied with all the requirements of your state or local building or mechanical code inspection agency. If you need the name and telephone numbers of a qualified inspector, you might look in your telephone directory under the heading “heating equipment service” or “appliance service.” You may also telephone or visit the website of your local or state consumer affairs office, fuel supplier or electric or gas utility for information.
Failure to have this equipment properly maintained could lead to property damage, personal injury or death. If you have not had an inspection performed within the last three years, you should make an appointment today for you and your family’s safety and the safety of those around you.
If you're just not sure and you need 'peace of mind', schedule a Furnace Tune Up NOW!