When the cold winters arrive, we have no choice but to rely on our furnaces to keep us warm and comfortable. Waking up in the morning to an extremely cold house and broken furnace are the last things we want to worry about. Simple preventive maintenance will go a long way in keeping our furnaces running safely and efficiently for a long period of time.
Highlighted below are useful tips on how you can keep your furnace clean.
Clean Ducts To Prevent Clogs
Dust and dirt can accumulate in the furnace ducts. A high powered vacuum cleaner can be used to get rid of the dirt and dust in the ducts. The ducts should also be inspected to ensure they are properly sealed and connected. Damaged or leaking ducts should not be handled by you. Instead, allow a certified HVAC professional to inspect them.
The Filter Should Be Replaced Regularly
Filters need to be kept clean to prevent clogging. Clogged filters leads to malfunctioning filters. It is however quick and easy to fix filters. Always check the filter and ensure it is as clean as possible. A clogged filter should be replaced. Replacing furnace filters will help in getting rid of dust, dirt and debris from the furnace. This prevents incurring a high cost in maintaining the furnace when it breaks down.
Vacuum Out The Blower Assembly
The blower assembly is found next to the filter. Dust, dirt and debris usually settle in the blower assembly with time. These can lead to clogs and damage in the furnace. To prevent this, the blower assembly needs to be kept clean.
Before the commencement of the cleaning process, ensure the gas and power to the furnace are turned off. Then remove the panels that cover the filter. With the use of a vacuum, carefully remove the dirt that might have accumulated on the blower assembly. Once you’re finished, wipe it off with a damp cloth.
Then, check the fan components and its surroundings for any dust or dirt. Clean such dirt with vacuum and damp cloth. It is important to get rid of dirt and dust from the furnace as they are detrimental to its efficiency.
Ensure The Thermostat Is In Good Condition
The thermostat is that part of the furnace responsible for controlling the furnace. It is therefore important to keep it in good condition. A malfunctioning thermostat will affect the efficiency of a furnace. A good way to test the working condition of a thermostat is to adjust the temperature on the thermostat up and down, then listen to the furnace turn on and off.
How Will You Know Your Furnace Needs To Be Maintained?
Your furnace needs attention when you start noticing any of the following: strange noises, increasing energy bills, trouble starting, always starting and stopping and improperly burning flame amongst others.
If you need help with regular maintenance of your furnace to keep it running efficiently, our highly trained HVAC professionals at Loveland HVAC Repair are here to help. We have been Northern Colorado’s ultimate choice for all types of HVAC repair and replacement services for more than 30 years and we’re always ready to help. Call us today at (970) 541-9244.