7 Furnace Maintenance Tips to Keep It Running Efficiently

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Taking care of your furnace properly will keep it running efficiently for many years. Proper maintenance is crucial if you want to avoid repair costs on your furnace every season.

Here are some maintenance tips to follow to help your gas furnace remain in excellent condition for years to come.

Safety First:

Gas appliances can backfire on you when you least expect it. Prior to cleaning your furnace, turn it on and off to make sure that the power system and any circuits to the furnace are completely off. Also check for any gas leaks before cleaning. A gas leak can be extremely dangerous. If you suspect that your furnace has a leak please call a trained professional to get it fixed. After this has been addressed then you can begin cleaning.

Clean and Replace the Filter System:

The filter system is an important part to your furnace. It is responsible for preventing dirt from entering the furnace. Depending on how often you use your furnace, you should clean it or replace it continuously. The filter can trap dirt and dust over time. Cleaning your filter will save you money on your energy bill, reduce energy costs, and will improve indoor air quality.

Check the Thermostat:

Do you feel like you’re constantly checking and changing the temperature on your thermostat? If so, it might be time to replace it.

Clean the Blower:

After you clean the filter, you should inspect and clean the blower. The blower is located behind the filter. Dust and dirt and other debris can penetrate through the filter to the blower. In order to clean the blower you will have to clean the pulleys and belts as well. Wipe the blower down with a damp cloth.

Clean or Repair Furnace Ducts:

If you have a forced-air system the furnace ducts will most likely never get damaged. But that doesn’t mean that you don’t have to maintain them. You should clean the ducts frequently with a vacuum cleaner.

Clean the Vents:

Gas furnaces are hooked up to a venting system. Over time the venting system can get clogged with dust, dirt, and debris. Use a large brush to clean the inside of the vents. When you remove the air cover you can then you a vacuum cleaner to remove the debris.

Fan Inspection:

You will need to hire a trained professional to inspect your fan. You should have your furnace inspected for any dust, dirt and debris at the beginning of the season and at the end.

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