As we get ready for another season change, make sure your furnace is in tip-top condition by following six simple steps.
1. Change your filter
Does it feel like we say that a lot? Because we say that a lot. But changing your filter is the simplest — and cheapest — way to maintain your furnace. How often you need to change your filter throughout the heating season depends a few factors. If you have allergies or pets or buy cheap filters, you’ll probably need to replace your filter more often. If you have a smart phone, set a monthly reminder to check your filter and change it if it’s dirty.
2. Clean your furnace
Your filter will grab most of the dirt and dust in the air. But some of that stuff will still manage to sneak through. Often, when you replace the filter, you can access the blower assembly, pulleys and belts. If not, you can usually get to them by removing the screws keeping the front or side panel in place. You can then very carefully vacuum the area or use a damp cloth to wipe things down. If these steps feel a little above your DIY abilities but your furnace appears dirty, you can always call us.
3. Clean your floor vents
Fall’s a good time to remove floor registers and vacuum out the ducts. Dust, pet hair, food and other miscellaneous items can collect there, and that can reduce your furnace’s efficiency. Also, you breathe all that junk in when your furnace cranks on, which, as you can probably imagine, isn’t so healthy.
4. Install a programmable thermostat
A programmable thermostat allows you to pre-set your home’s temperature. So, you can turn the temps down when you’re gone and then program the system to increase the temps before you return, so you get to come home to a warm, toasty house.
5.Check your flue vent
This is the metal or plastic piping that takes the exhaust out of your home. Check the flue pipe and pipe seams. Are they well supported and free of holes and cracks? Soot along or around the seams may be an indicator of a leak.
Look for corrosion, and pay particular attention to where the pipe meets the furnace. Those small openings could let carbon monoxide leak into your home. If any part of the flue piping is corroded, it will need to be replaced.
6. Schedule your annual furnace inspection
An annual furnace inspection is an important step toward preventing a costly breakdown.
If you have a repair plan with us that includes a free furnace inspection, don’t forget to schedule your annual furnace inspection. If your plan doesn’t include an inspection, we’ll still be happy to perform one for you for $99.99 until Oct. 15. After that it’s $129.99. Call us today at 800-504-2000 to schedule an appointment or for more information.