How to Maintain Your Furnace:
It is important to know how to maintain your furnace, as it is a part of the general maintenance around your home. If you are generally good at DIY, then you’ll probably find the task of maintaining your furnace to be a piece of cake. But if you feel lost or intimidated at any point, then call a qualified heating contractor to help you. We’ve compiled some tips with furnace repair experts to help you keep your furnace in tip-top shape.
Is the pilot light burning?
It is important that the pilot light is always on. There are some furnaces that need to be lit by hand if it does go out.
Follow the instructions for relighting:
These instructions are usually printed on the inside door of the furnace unit. If there are no instructions, or you are having trouble relighting it, then it is best to contact a qualified heating contractor to assist you. Many find this part tricky.
Check the blower:
Check the blower often and also dust the
unit and the space around the unit, loose debris can be
dangerous if it is flammable.
Check or replace your filter once a month:
A dirty air filter will clog the air flow,
and when this happens it can easily overwork the equipment.
Make sure the blower motor is lubricated:
You can buy a standard lubricator for this purpose at the hardware store.
Check the burner for corrosion:
You can do this by removing the flame shield. Check the flames with the fan off and then on, in order to conform to proper operation.
Check the flue for gaps or dents:
While you are there, make sure that it is definitely venting properly to the outdoors.
Vacuum all the dust from all of the air registers around the house:
A small nozzle attachment often helps with this part.
Check the motion:
Make sure it is clear of any furniture, such as drapes or rugs, in order to let the air flow freely.
Here is some filter information to assist you when it comes to learning how to maintain your furnace. First of all, spun fibreglass filters are the most affordable of all of the disposable filters. But you might find that they don’t adequately filter out the finer particles.
Pleated disposable filters are more expensive than spun fiberglass filters, but they do tend to provide as much as 4 to 8 times more filtering capacity.
Washable electrostatic filters are another option that you can use. They do have a high cost initially, but they are reusable and do offer a much higher filtration rate than other filters.
Electric filters and mass media filters offer a far more precise filtration, but beware that they do require modification to the ductwork when they are installed. When installing these two
types of filters you will need the help of a professional, this is not a
Just remember that when home heating systems, such as furnaces, aren’t properly maintained they could be as little as only 50% efficient. An inefficient furnace could turn out to cost you a lot in the long run, including calling in a professional, when the problem might be as simple as doing a quick check and a little bit of cleaning. When it comes to home maintenance, a little bit of elbow grease goes a long way.