We discuss and write about routine HVAC maintenance procedures. Your equipment, especially your furnace, will last longer with routine maintenance. Regular maintenance will not only save your investment and help you save money, but it will also guarantee the security of your equipment.
Gas leaks and other harmful problems, such as the formation of carbon monoxide, are more likely to occur in furnaces that are not properly maintained. For all of these reasons—and more—maintaining your furnace is a wise idea. We have put together ten short suggestions for keeping your furnace in top condition.
Verify the functionality of your thermostat.
Does the setting on your thermostat seem to match the interior temperature? Your furnace won’t operate as it should if your thermostat is malfunctioning. A thermostat’s performance can suffer from sludge and incorrect calibration. Make an appointment with us to have a professional examine your HVAC system for any potential problems in order to verify that your thermostat is calibrated properly.
Look at the air filter.
Changing your air filters on a regular basis is crucial. Air filters help to preserve your indoor air quality at its best and guard against allergens and diseases that are spread through the air. However, as filters gather dust and grime, they not only lose some of their ability to purify the air, but your furnace also has to work harder to force and draw air through the filters. As a result, your home will use more energy and experience less even heating and cooling. There is simply no justification not to replace air filters on a regular basis because they are cheap and simple to change.
Keep an eye on the control valve.
For safety purposes, the majority of furnaces will have a control valve. This is one of the first areas to investigate if you discover that your furnace isn’t producing heat. The control valve will be found on the supply pipe of a gas furnace. Verify that the gas can enter your furnace freely and that this valve is set to the “on” position. Your furnace cannot generate heat if there is nothing to burn.
Keep your furnace clean.
You clean your house, your car, and your dishes, but do you also have your furnace on your “must clean” list? If not, it should probably be. A dirty furnace will not generate heat as effectively as a clean one, and as a furnace becomes dirtier, the likelihood that a part will fail increases.
To save your energy and heating bills, make sure your furnace is clean and well-maintained. Start with the filter system, blower, and motor if you are unsure of which components need cleaning. To have a professional visit your home on a frequent basis and maintain your furnace system operating at peak efficiency all year long, inquire with us about an HVAC Maintenance Agreement if you need additional components cleaned or don’t want to bother about keeping up with your furnace.
Look at the tension belt.
Your house furnace may run loudly because of a misplaced tension belt. Replace the belt with a new one if it looks worn or frayed.
Every season and as necessary, add a few drops of oil to the furnace. Don’t over-lubricate.
Vents need to have their obstructions and debris frequently inspected. Carbon monoxide poisoning from obstructed ventilation has the potential to be lethal.
The end of spring
Gas furnaces must be turned off at the end of winter. In order to increase your furnace’s performance, now is an excellent time to clean it and change the air filter.
You can keep your furnace reliable and efficient all season long by using these suggestions at the start of each season.