Keeping Your Furnace Running Properly

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Doing routine maintenance on your furnace can keep you from needing excessive repair. There are several things you can check on your furnace each year to make sure it will be doing its best during the cold season. Here are some of the routine maintenance steps you can take to help keep your furnace running as it should.

How Often Should Maintenance Be Done?

Take a look at your furnace in the fall before the winter season starts. This way you will be able to contact an HVAC repair contractor, such as A Avis Plumbing Heating & Air Conditioning, if needed. This will give you ample time to have it repaired and ready for the oncoming cold season.

Cleaning The Furnace

Clean the combustion chamber thoroughly so there are no remnants of ash in the area. Turn off the power supply to your furnace before cleaning. Use a shop vacuum with a hose attachment to remove all debris from the chamber. Use a wire brush to scrape any debris from the walls of the chamber and vacuum these particles up, as well.

Changing The Filters

The air filter should be changed every month during the time you are using your furnace. Make sure to place a new filter in it before you start using it for the season and regularly check it each month so it can be switched with a new one.

You can purchase air filters that will filter out pet dander and allergens from the air, making the heat you are breathing in free of these contaminants. The air filter should look clean and free of dust and grime. When you notice graying areas, it needs to be changed.

If you have oil heat, change the oil filter before the start of cold weather. This is done by turning off the oil valve, unscrewing the filter, and replacing with a new one that you have purchased from a home goods store or your local heating supply store.

Other Things To Check

Check the belts in your furnace to make sure they are unobstructed and free of any decaying such as rips or fraying. If you notice any areas where they are snagging on mechanisms in your furnace, you will want to have a repair service come to replace the belt.

Check the flue of your furnace to make sure there are no cracks or holes where air is able to escape. If you see any areas where there is a gap in the flue, you will need to seal it using foil tape.

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