Keep Your Furnace Working Fine With Yearly Maintenance
Posted on October 2, 2014
When you keep your furnace working properly by providing it with some yearly, professional maintenance, you’ll be helping it run more efficiently, more economically and with a longer life expectancy. All this adds up to a higher level of comfort in your Wichita area home and less strain on your household budget.
Just like any mechanical equipment, your home furnace needs regular inspections and adjustments. While some of these you can do yourself, such as cleaning or replacing air filters, a certified HVAC technician should be brought in to do the rest. Here are some handy tips to help you keep your furnace running properly:
- Check your air filter(s) monthly and change them out when dirty.
- For optimum indoor air quality, use the highest rated air filters your equipment can accommodate without sacrificing adequate airflow.
- When changing out filters, take some time to clean any dirt/debris from the blower assembly using a damp cloth. This should include the belts and pulleys. You’ll probably need to remove a few screws to access the fan. Make sure to turn off the power to the furnace before accomplishing this.
- If you have a heat pump with an outside compressor unit you can perform routine cleaning in and around the equipment.
It’s a good idea to schedule a professional inspection/servicing for your furnace annually. Usually the best time for this is at the end of heating season. If your HVAC system has air conditioning, this is also a good time for the technician to inspect and service that part of your equipment too. He/she should:
- Lubricate moving parts
- Check for good electrical connections
- Check for a properly operating thermostat
- Inspect the heat exchanger for corrosion and leaks
- Inspect burners and adjust if needed
- Test the controls and verify proper system cycling
- Check air ducts for leaks and repair if necessary
Servicing our Wichita area customers since 1953 with exceptional sales and service related to HVAC and plumbing, Comfort Systems is dedicated to handling all of your home comfort needs. Contact us for advice or assistance to help keep your furnace working in top form.
Our goal is to help educate our customers in Wichita, Kansas about energy and home comfort issues (specific to HVAC systems). For more information about furnace maintenance and other HVAC topics, download our free Home Comfort Resource guide.