Ahead of the cold fall and winter days, it is a good idea to take the time to do some preventative maintenance on your furnace. There are several things you can do yourself without having to call your local heating and cooling service technician.
- Inspect and change the air filter, if needed, every month. Furnace air filters are also used by your air conditioning. It is important to make sure the air filter does not get dirty. Dirty air filters restrict the amount of air flow being returned through the system, which can cause your system to work harder to heat or cool your home.
A dirty filter can also cause premature wear and tear on the system. This often results in overheating, and it will shorten the system’s overall lifespan—not to mention, more frequent emergency repair service calls.
2. Keep a stock of four to six air filters on hand.
You never know when you will need to change the air filter, and having a stock on hand is a good idea. You should replenish your stock when you get down to your last air filter.
3. Keep the area around the furnace clear of objects.
When objects are near the furnace, it does not perform as efficiently since air flow can be restricted. In addition, having objects near the furnace can be a fire hazard.
4. Clean around the furnace before turning it on.
Before using your furnace for the first time, you should sweep and dust around the exterior of the unit. Otherwise, when you turn on the furnace, any dirt and dust around it could be drawn in and spread throughout your home.
5. Clean the air vents in your home.
Take the covers off the air vent covers and vacuum out the inside of the air ducts as far as your vacuum hose will reach. You can also use a damp cloth or mop to clean inside the air ducts. Before putting the covers back on, wash and remove any dust and debris.
6. Reverse the direction of ceiling fans.
You will want to put your ceiling fans into “winter-mode” The fan blades should spin in a clockwise direction, as you look up at them.
If you are unable to do any of these maintenance tasks yourself, your furnace repair technician will gladly assist you in taking care of these items to get your furnace ready for the colder fall and winter months.
Furnace Repair Technician Maintenance Checklist Items
Certain maintenance items should only be performed by a professional technician. There are several parts and components inside the furnace that need to be tested, cleaned, and inspected to ensure they are working optimally, which can include one or more of the following:
- Heat Exchanger
- Blower Motor
- Fan Switch
- Pilot Light
- Pilot Light Assembly
- Gas Line
- Flue Pipe
- Air Vent
- Heating Coils
- Safety Controls/Sensors
In addition, your technician will inspect your thermostat and how it is configured. Once everything has been inspected, and any maintenance and repairs made, your technician will test the system to verify it is working correctly and producing heat.
To schedule furnace maintenance to get your system ready for the cold fall and winter months, or for other professional heating, plumbing, septic, or electrical services, please feel free to contact A+ Services at 360-334-5677 today! We service the Olympia, Thurston, and Pierce County areas and offer 24/7 emergency furnace repair service.