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.
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!
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Since we are in this lovely season of winter our furnace is getting a lot of use. From all of this use our furnace may be having some problems that need to be fixed ASAP because we do not want our homes to be the same temperature it is outside. If your looking to buy a new furnace here are some things you should look at when purchasing and if you are looking to repair your furnace here are some common furnace problems and how to repair them!
Things to look at when buying a new furnace:
-The number of speeds it has
-The type of drive it has it will either be direct or belt
-The speed in RPM’s and the number of speeds it has
-The voltage you probably will want a furnace with 115,208-230, or 460
-The direction of rotation; reversible seems to be the better choice
-The horse power you will probably want one with 1/4, 1/3, 1/2, 3/4, or 1
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.
Lack of cleaning and regular maintenance can lead to soot buildup in your furnace and furnace break downs, including the expulsion of black soot through the air vent ducts which can cover your home in a black dust.
Sometimes, the expulsion of soot can be due to a faulty exhaust system (flue) or improper venting. Other times it can be caused by a fuel leak or faulty parts, such as the fuel nozzle/valve in the combustion chamber leaking fuel. It’s best to hire a professional and licensed HVAC technician to inspect and repair the furnace. However, you can do some basic maintenance and cleanup yourself. Here are the basic guidelines for a DIY furnace cleanup and some repair tips: