Your furnace needs to be inspected and maintained on a routine basis. This will ensure that it is operating at peak performance throughout the year. It is suggested that you hire a professional furnace technician who can assess your furnace and make any necessary adjustments or repairs. Below are 6 maintenance tips that will keep your furnace in tip top shape.
Keep Your Furnace Safe
Does your furnace run on fuel? If so, then practicing safe measures is paramount to keeping your entire home secure. When maintaining or cleaning the furnace, cut the power to the furnace. Inspect the system for any gas leaks. If you discover any leaks, then contact a professional to repair them immediately.
Replace the Filters
Like all other heating and cooling systems, furnaces require filters to keep the system clean and reduce or eliminate dirty air from circulating through the house. Filters should be changed once a month or according to manufacturer specifications. Filters are cost-effective and easy to replace periodically.
Inspect the Thermostat
Faulty thermostats can account for a wide array of furnace problems. So before you go scratching head trying to figure out what the problem is with the unit, try looking at the thermostat. It may need to be recalibrated or repaired. In some cases, the thermostat may be need to be replaced.
Give the Blower a Good Cleaning
After replacing the filter, you should turn your attention to the blower. If any dirt or dust gets past the filter it will then reach the blower. Buildup will occur after a long period. Both the blower and the pulleys and belts need to be regularly cleaned in order to remove the dirt.
Clear the Furnace Ducts
If you want to fresh clean air circulating throughout your house, then you need to clean the furnace ducts. Since dirt accumulates in the ducts at an accelerated rate, then they’ll need to be cleaned 3-4 times a year. A professional HVAC technician can use a high-powered vacuum to quickly and easily remove dirt and debris from the ducts.
Repair any Damaged Vents
You may have a few vents in the house that do not open correctly. If so, the vents will need to be repaired or replaced. Any vent that inhibits the free flow of air creates pressure in the system. This can cause the furnace to work too hard to keep the air circulating.
If you need your furnace maintained or repaired, then contact Steve’s Plumbing & Heating. We offer a wide range of furnaces products and services that including furnace installation, furnace repair, and total furnace replacement. We serve homeowners in Wisconsin Rapids, Wisconsin and the surrounding area. Call us today at 715.421.1800 and let us help you with your next furnace project.