Fall Furnace Maintenance
Summer may seem to still be in full swing, but before you know it fall will be here brining with it cool, crisp days and chilly nights. Now, while you still need your air conditioner, is the best time to make sure your furnace is in good working order. Use the simple maintenance tips in this article to whip your heating system into shape!
Remove dust and dirt. Using your vacuum and a long attachment, vacuum in and around your furnace making sure to get in all the nooks and crannies. This should be done on a regular basis.
Change the filter. At the start of the cold weather season, before you begin using your heating system, replace the furnace filter. Throughout the winter, check your furnace filter once a month and replace it as necessary. To accurately determine if your filter should be changed, take it out and hold it up to the light to see if it appears clogged. Don’t hesitate to replace your filter based on the length of time it has been in use.
If you have a bad memory when it comes to regular maintenance things such as replacing your furnace filter, consider replacing your thermostat with a digital thermostat (if you don’t already have one). Not only will it save you energy and money, but most digital thermostats remind you to check your filter on a regular basis.
Clear away outside clutter. Make sure all outside vents and chimneys are not blocked by anything such as snow, leaves, bird’s nests, tree branches, or etc. Not only will this protect the health of your heating system, it can also protect your health. Blockages pose a carbon monoxide hazard.
Look out for poor combustion. Visually inspect your furnace. Is there any black soot or residue on the outside? Next, turn the heat up to force the furnace to kick on. Check the flames in the burner. What do they look like? A healthy flame will be blue and steady. If you see soot build up or yellowish-orange flickering flames, your heating system may be suffering from poor combustion. Call a professional technician in to further diagnose and treat the issue.
Check to see if lubrication is needed. Most motors, especially in newer systems, are permanently lubricated by the manufacturer and require no further action on your part. However, others have oil ports that need to be lubricated annually. Check your owner’s manual for help locating these ports and for a recommendation on the type and amount of oil to use.
Following these simple maintenance tips at the start of and throughout the heating season will ensure you have a functioning furnace. Don’t wait too long to give your furnace a checkup or you’ll be left out in the cold!
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