Have you prepared your furnace for winter yet? We know it’s only October, but with the evening chill setting in, now is the time to make sure your furnace will be ready when the cold and snow hit.
Plan to set aside a couple of hours over the next few weeks, and work your way through the following tips. Not only will it give you peace of mind to check things out now, it also means that if something is wrong you’ve still got some time to fix or replace the furnace.
WARNING: Make sure that the appliance is completely disconnected from its power source before attempting any repairs. If you are unsure, do not hesitate to consult your owner’s manual or contact a service technician. If at any time you smell gas or any other unusual odors, exit the building and contact emergency services or your fuel supplier
Clean or Replace the Filter
It’s recommended that you replace your filter every 1-3 months. However, this will vary from home to home. At the very least, you should check your filter every month and change as needed.
Check the Blower Belt
The Blower Belt is going to be the largest rubber belt on your furnace. Shut of the power to the furnace and check for any cracks or fraying, as well as the tension of the belt. Replace if needed.
Inspect the Blower Doors
The Blower Doors help to make sure that combustion gases released by the furnace make it out of your home safely. Check to make sure the doors are properly sealed. These gases can be hard to detect, so we strongly recommend getting a Carbon Monoxide Detector for your home.
Clean the Air Vents and Ducts
Remove the outdoor vent covers and vacuum ducts to remove any dust or debris that has collected. Vacuum out any floor registers in the house as well and make sure they are securely in place afterwards. Move any furniture or objects away from the furnace, registers, grilles, and air returns to make sure air is flowing through freely and to prevent fire hazard.
Inspect the Exhaust Flue
Check to make sure it is clear of any sticks, leaves, dust, or other debris.
Contact an HVAC Technician
There are some things that require professional training when it comes to your furnace. We recommend that each year you schedule an appointment with a service technician to inspect it. They will typically test your thermostat, check for any leaks, oil the motor, and make sure everything is running as it should be.
Check for Even Heat Distribution
Once you’ve ensured your furnace is ready to go, turn on the heat for a couple hours. After your home has had some time to heat up, go from room to room to see if there are hotter or colder spots in your house and adjust the thermostats and dampers accordingly.
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