4 Simple Furnace Maintenance Tips To Avoid Repairs

Posted on: 8 July 2016

As a homeowner, having a functioning furnace is highly important, especially during the winter season when your family will need it to stay warm and comfortable. In order to ensure that your furnace is always working properly, you will want to know these four simple furnace maintenance tips:

  1. Replace the Air Filter: Before and after each winter season, you should replace the air filter in the furnace. If the air filter is not changed, all the dirt and dust that has clung to it over time will prevent proper air flow. Not only will this prevent your home from heating up quickly, but it will also lead to higher energy bills. Your furnace will have to work harder to get your home warm, which can also lead to potential problems with your furnace and its functioning components. 
  2. Keep Space Around Furnace Clear: The space around your furnace must be clear during the winter when you will be using it. The furnace is going to heat up significantly and you won't want anything around the furnace to catch fire. Not only is this dangerous for the function of the furnace, but also for your home.
  3. Test the Thermostat: Before each winter, you must be sure to test the thermostat. This is going to tell you whether or not your furnace is functioning. When you turn on the furnace, you will want to make sure that your home heats up to the temperature set on the thermostat. If your home doesn't heat up, then you need the professionals to come in for repairs. 
  4. Don't Skip on Inspections: Even if the thermostat test was successful, you should still have professionals come out for an inspection of the thermostat. They can find more complicated matters by opening up the furnace to check the components. One thing they will check for, for example, is dirt trapped on the blowers, which is just as bad as dirt left on the air filters. They will clean this, as well as the gas vent to ensure that the dirt trapped here doesn't cause problems in the future. Although you could do this on your own, the professionals will have the right equipment for it, including a vacuum with specialized attachments, bristle brush, and more. 

When you know these four simple maintenance tips, you can be sure that you avoid repairs to your furnace this winter. This way, you won't have to go a number of days without heat while your furnace is being repaired. To learn more, contact a company like Mitchell Plumbing & Heating Inc.

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