Are You and Your Furnace Ready for Winter?

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As the cold mornings begin to set in and we spend that few extra minutes to defrost our cars, it is evident that winter is not as far away as it may seem. With that being said, it is important to make sure your furnace is ready for when the cold mornings start turning into days. Doing a few maintenance checks, cleaning, and replacements will ensure your furnace is fully functional for the winter months. It is highly recommended to begin this process sooner rather than later to avoid having problems at inconvenient times. Make sure to disconnect your furnace from its power source, and then follow the tips below to get started!

Change the filter. It is necessary to change the filter in your furnace at least every season. If it is clogged or dirty, your furnace will not operate properly or efficiently because the air flow will be restricted. You can visit our website to purchase a new filter.

Oil the blower.  The functionality of your furnace depends heavily on the blower motor. You can maintain this by oiling it once a year. Once oiled, you should run the motor to ensure there are no strange noises during startup.

Test the thermostat. The thermostat is an important part of your heating system. Perform a test run to make sure the system is responsive. If you experience problems, you may need to purchase a new thermostat.

Clean air ducts and vents. The furnace’s air flow also depends on how clean your air ducts are. If these are clogged with dust or debris, it will be difficult for the heat to flow evenly. Also make sure your vents are not closed, blocked, or dirty. Any new furniture blocking vents will restrict air flow and could actually cause overheating, thus leading to fires.

Clear the area around your furnace. Any built up debris or items hanging around your physical furnace should be removed as well. Things located in this area can easily catch fire.

Contact a professional. It is always recommended to have a service technician come once a year to inspect your furnace. Even if it seems like there are no problems, a HVAC professional will be able to ensure everything is running as it should be and no furnace parts need to be replaced.

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