When winter is just around the corner, it’s time to perform some furnace maintenance to prevent any surprises or sudden repairs during the coldest months. Many tasks are surprisingly easy and homeowners can do themselves. Performing these routine tasks only require a few tools and will keep your system running at its best while extending the life of the unit.
Before beginning any maintenance, it’s important that you shut off both the electrical supply and the fuel supply.
Furnace Maintenance Tip #1: CLEAN
Once the electrical and fuel supplies are turned off and the furnace has cooled, a thorough cleaning of the furnace is the first step to effective upkeep. Remove the panels of the furnace and using the hose or extension of your vacuum cleaner, vacuum all the areas where dust accumulates including the burners, the furnace base, and the blower.
If possible, clean the blower fan blades carefully using a small brush and vacuum, but do not disturb the wiring or the counterweights.
Furnace Maintenance Tip #2: CHANGE THE FILTER
A furnace filter should be changed every one to three months. Read the user guide for your furnace model for any specific recommendations or instructions for the type of filter that is best for your furnace.
Furnace Maintenance Tip #3: INSPECT THE BELT
The belt on the blower should be inspected for tension, cracking, or fraying. The belt may need adjustment to ensure adequate tension and will occasionally need to be replaced. Some models may not have a belt.
Furnace Maintenance Tip #4: LUBRICATE IF NECESSARY
Some furnace models motor bearings and shaft bearings that require oiling. If you have such a model, clean around the area, remove the caps, and insert two to three drops of lightweight machine oil. It’s important that you not overlubricate.
Go Green Heating and Air Professional Furnace Maintenance
While handling your own furnace maintenance will save money and help keep your furnace running efficiently, a professional inspection and tune-up is still necessary to protect your investment and keep your system working at its best. Call Go Green Heating and Air when expert maintenance or repair becomes necessary.