Maintenance

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Owning, or even sometimes renting, a home in Seattle, WA, requires general maintenance to keep your investment in working order. It’s really all about being prepared. Per Benjamin Franklin, “An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure.” Maintaining your home’s systems and appliances wards off emergency situations and costly repairs while extending your equipment’s life. Take the time and money to perform general maintenance on a regular basis. Many of the maintenance services require the knowledge, skills, and tools of a professional. During the maintenance or service call, our technician will make any necessary repairs and/or alert you of a possible situation. Call Ballard Natural Gas to assist you in maintaining any of the following or to answer any questions you may have:

Furnace Maintenance

For furnaces and boilers, an annual service tune-up and cleaning is recommended, usually performed in the fall. The purpose is to keep your system running at top efficiency throughout the season, i.e., to keep you having heat when you need it. Our technician will check and clean all the connections, controls, sensors, drains, ignitor, ducts, pipes, burners, valves, motors, thermostat(s), and smoke/carbon-monoxide detectors, and instruct you on anything you could do between our service visits. As a rule of thumb, furnace filters need to be changed every three months or as needed, which is something you can do yourself with the correct filters.

Air Conditioner Maintenance

For air conditioners, an annual service tune-up and cleaning is recommended, usually performed in the spring. Our professional technician will check and clean the connections, coils, blower components, lines, refrigerant, drain, fuses, and thermostat(s), as well as lubricate all working parts. Maintenance you can do yourself between service visits is to remove any yard debris or vegetation from the top and sides of your outdoor air conditioner unit, as well as to keep it covered with an air conditioner cover or tarp in the winter.

Heat Pump Maintenance

For heat pumps, an annual service tune-up and cleaning is recommended, usually performed in the fall, same as furnaces and boilers. Our professional technician will check and clean ducts, filters, blower, indoor coil, ducts, refrigerant, electric terminals, connections, motors, and belts, as well as lubricate all working parts. Be sure to change or clean the filter every three months or as needed. You can also clean the outdoor coils whenever they seem dirty, and keep yard debris and vegetation away from the unit.

Whole-House Humidifier Maintenance

For whole-house humidifiers, an annual service tune-up and cleaning is recommended, usually performed at the same time as your furnace tune-up and cleaning. Our professionals include this maintenance along with the furnace appointment. Typically there isn’t much in the way of maintenance; however, our technician will change your humidifier pad and clean any mineral buildup you may have (in the case of hard water). Ask our technician to show you how to dissolve the buildup on your own every few months to keep your humidifier working at top efficiency.

Air-Filtration System Maintenance

For air-filtration systems, regular maintenance is something your can perform on your own. Maintenance on an air-filtration system usually just means changing or cleaning the filter every three to nine months. But you should check with the manufacturer’s specific recommendations. Changing or cleaning your filter on a regular basis will ensure the best filtration for your home as well as extend the life of the system. If you need any assistance or would like to install an air-filtration system, feel free to talk with one of our professionals at Ballard Natural Gas.

General Plumbing Maintenance

For the plumbing in your home, an annual plumbing inspection is recommended. Our professional plumber will check the plumbing and equipment in your home, letting you know if there’s anything to repair or replace, and to alert you about possible impending issues. A plumbing inspection typically will include the inspection of your water heater, water softener, inside/outside faucets, sinks, pipes, garbage disposal, toilets, sump pump and its discharge line (backup pump, if you have one), well tank or city water supply and meter, shut-off valves, and waste stacks. This inspection will usually ward off any plumbing emergencies during the year by giving you an accurate assessment of the plumbing’s condition in your home.

Water Heater Maintenance

For water heaters, an annual inspection and service is recommended, usually included in your annual plumbing inspection (any required service would be separate). Either have one of our professional plumbers perform the required maintenance, especially if you’re uncomfortable doing it yourself, or do it yourself. To keep your water heater running efficiently, you want to check the pressure valve, check the anode rod, flush the tank (due to sediment buildup), adjust the temperature (if needed), and insulate the pipes and tank (if needed). Once again, one of our professional plumbers can easily do this service for you to help in extending the life of your water heater.

Water Softener Maintenance

For water softeners, an annual inspection is recommended, usually included in your annual plumbing inspection (any required service would be separate). Typically, water softeners require minimal maintenance; however, if you notice a change in your water quality, your softener could require service sooner. Most water softeners just require the addition of the right kind of salt as maintenance, usually on a quarterly basis, by you or a professional. If you notice a change in your water, ask one of our plumbers to inspect your unit and take a water sample.

Sump Pump Maintenance

For sump pumps, an annual inspection is recommended (start of spring is best), usually included in your annual plumbing inspection. Our professional plumber will check the sump pump pit for debris that could interfere with its operation. The plumber will also unplug the pump and take a look at its intake, impeller, and air bleed or weep hole. The float valve will be checked by dumping about five gallons of water into the pit. If you’re in an especially flood-prone area of Seattle, WA, our plumber may recommend a backup sump pump, which can save your home from flooding during power outages.

At Ballard Natural Gas, we’re here to to assist you in maintaining your home’s systems or to answer any of your questions about maintenance. Keeping your equipment in good working order allows you peace of mind to know they’ll be there when you need them. It also makes good financial sense to keep equipment serviced to help extend their life spans. Here in Seattle, WA, call us at 206-784-8101 to make an appointment now.

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Gas Furnace Maintenance in Seattle, WA 98115

“The fellow who recently did a service check on our furnace was professional, knowledgeable and friendly, answering my questions clearly.”– Carl W.

Other Maintenance in Seattle, WA 98133

“We were very pleased with Jesse and his promptness and courtesy plus the knowledge and good work that he provided for our furnace and heat pump. However, in the report that he sent to us there is no comment on two categories for the heat pump–Electrical disconnect condition and Contactor condition and one category for the gas furnace–carbon monoxide level. We would greatly appreciate that those items on the check list be updated as a part of our annual maintenance. Thank you”

– Randee E.

Heat Pump Maintenance in Seattle, WA 98103

“The maintenance experience on our heat pump and tankless water heater was great. Communication beforehand was clear and thorough, with texts and a call from the technician to let me know his arrival time. Jesse was very personable and knowledgeable and was happy to explain what he was doing as well as discuss cold-weather heat pump issues and water heater recirculation questions.”

– WALTER M.

Gas Furnace Maintenance in Seattle, WA 98115

“Thank you Matt for your service, and excellent explanation on how the furnace works. Very informative.”

– Anthony F.

Gas Furnace Maintenance in Shoreline, WA 98177

“Jesse called ahead when he was on his way, was timely, amiable, and efficient. Would be happy to have him service the heating & cooling systems in the future!”

– Janice W.

Gas Furnace Maintenance in Shoreline, WA 98177

“Jesse arrived on-time within the window provided when I scheduled the appointment. He quickly completed our annual maintenance for both our Furnace and A/C systems. He made a couple of small recommendations, but was never pushy about it and made it very clear that the system looked brand new.

I have been using BNG for several years now at two different houses and continue to be thrilled with the service and knowledge of their team from the leadership on down.”

– Alex S.

Gas Furnace Maintenance in Seattle, WA 98125

“Completed work efficiently and installed two sensors. Went over condition of furnace and programmed thermostat to read two new sensors. Explained addition services and received email with charges.”

– Gary S.

Air Duct Maintenance in Seattle, WA 98125

“Done within 3 hours. Installed Damper on riser. Explained in detail work done and answered my questions”

– Gary S.

Gas Furnace Maintenance in Seattle, WA 98105

“Schedule was between 9-12, received a call at 12:15 notifying he expected to arrive in about 30 minutes. That worked for me as I had no other appointments that day. On the plus side, I appreciate that he did not rush through a job that made him late – I would want him to take the time to do a good job at my house rather than rushing away just to keep a schedule. An earlier call to let me know he was running late would have been good if I had another place to be that conflicted with his late arrival. Matthew was courteous, thoroughly explained what he did, and left his work area as orderly as he found it.”

– Carl P.

Gas Furnace Maintenance in Ballard, WA 98117

“Matthew was terrific. Very thorough in his work and in his explanations to me of the work performed. Very customer service oriented and a great ambassador for BNG.”

– Bryant B.


Ballard Natural Gas proudly provides HVAC service to Seattle, Shoreline, Edmonds, and the surrounding communities. Visit our service area page for more coverage details, call us at 206-784-8101, or request service online today.