Winter is here and one thing to place at the top of your to-do list is annual furnace maintenance so that your furnace is prepared for the winter.
The furnace is one of the most-used appliances in your home and regular maintenance and checkups are essential for home safety and furnace efficiency.
If you are inspecting your furnace yourself, first make sure that the furnace is not running, and has not been turned off recently. It should be completely cool. Make sure the electricity connected to the furnace is off.
1. Shop vac dust and debris
Clean the interior and areas surrounding the furnace of dust and debris, paying attention to the base of the heater and burners
2. Clean the area around your furnace
Keep the area around the furnace free of clutter and debris to prevent fires.
3. Clean or Replace the filter
When the filter is clogged it restricts the flow of heat, causing the furnace to work harder while delivering less heat.
4. Continue to check your filters, every 30 days.
During heavy use, some filters will need to be cleaned or replaced every month, while others can go up to three months.
5. Check the fanbelt
If your furnace has a fanbelt, visually inspect it to make sure it is tight. If the belt is cracked or fraying, it should be replaced by a professional. Loose fanbelts can increase furnace operating time.
6. Furnace Oil bearings
This furnace maintenance is best performed by a professional. Older furnaces might need to be oiled, but be careful: spilled oil will cause problems and could even start a fire. Sealed blower motors require no lubrication. If you have questions about your furnace, check your owner’s manual or contact Brennan Heating
7. Check the furnace vents in the house
Make sure the furnace vents in your home are unobstructed, so your furnace doesn’t have to work harder to deliver heat throughout your home.
8. Clean the air vents and ducts
Remove the vent covers with a screw driver and use the extension hose of your vacuum to remove dust and dirt.
9. Install a Carbon Monoxide Detector
Carbon Monoxide is odorless, colorless and tasteless and in high levels it can be deadly. Having a detector can help keep you and your family safe.
10. Inspect the thermostat
For the first few times you turn on your furnace each winter, pay attention to the thermostat. If it’s suddenly too hot, too cold, or the furnace is running but the temperature gauge doesn’t change, you might need to replace your thermostat.
Professional Furnace Inspection
If you live in Washington state, our professional team can inspect your furnace for you. We even offer a free energy consultation for your home HVAC system. Just call Brennan Heating at 1-877-273-6626 (1-877-BRENNAN)