Unlike many companies doing furnace and boiler inspections, every heating system tune-up done by Althoff Industries includes a combustion analysis. We do it because it’s the only reliable way to assure the efficient and safe operation of your gas fired appliance.
Our technicians are equipped with an electronic combustion analyzer that measures oxygen and carbon monoxide levels along with the temperature of the flue gas. This information is important for the following reasons.
- The first priority is to assure your safety by making sure carbon monoxide levels aren’t excessively high. Levels that are outside of the manufacturer guidelines can be dangerous.
- It helps us uncover hidden problems that are impossible to diagnose without a combustion analyzer.
- It allows us to accurately measure the efficiency of your furnace. Are you truly getting 90+% efficiency out of your furnace? The only way to know is to measure.
- It allows us to correct issues related to over firing and under firing. Both cause poor performance and shortened lifespan of your equipment.
Why is testing draft important?
Draft is required to remove the flue gasses from the heat exchanger on all atmospheric and draft induced appliances. Verifying draft and checking for spillage is an important safety consideration. All Althoff technicians are equipped with draft gauges that specifically measure draft pressure inside the flue. If improper draft is found, the cause should be remedied to protect the homeowners from carbon monoxide but also proper operation of the equipment.