In Canada, they rely on our heaters to keep us warm between September and May. We use more energy in winter than at any other time of year.
If you don’t ensure your heating system is in good working order, you could have a cold and uncomfortable winter. A poorly maintained heating system can cost you a lot of money.
Are you a homeowner? If so, you need to invest in some furnace and heater maintenance. We’ll show you how to service your furnace and keep it operating optimally.
Read along to learn more!
1. Clean Filters
To do this heater and furnace maintenance, you should first turn off the power to the device and use a screwdriver to open the device’s access panel, exposing the filter. Using a vacuum and a soft bristle brush, remove dust or debris from the filter. You should inspect the filter and, if necessary, replace it.
Rinse the filter off with warm water, and then place it on a clean cloth to dry. Once the filter is dry, you can put it back into the furnace or heater. Taking the time to clean the filters will extend the life of your heater and reduce the risk of overheating and potential fire hazards.
2. Change or Repair Worn Parts
First, shut off the power supply to the furnace or heater and locate the worn part. Then, if changing the position, remove the old part and replace it with a brand-new feature that is the same size and shape. If repairing the part, thoroughly clean the old part and repair and replace it with the same amount.
Finally, turn the power supply back on to the furnace or heater and check to ensure it is running correctly. If any doubts arise, have an experienced technician check them out.
3. Keep the Unit Free of Dust and Debris
First, inspect the outside of the unit to ensure it is free of cobwebs and other build-ups. Clean any dirt, dust, or other visible build-ups with a cloth. Inside the unit, check the furnace filter once a month and replace it if it’s dirty or clogged.
If there is an excessive dust build-up, use a vacuum cleaner to remove dirt and debris. Also, avoid placing furniture and other items near the unit, as this can quickly accumulate dust and dirt. To maintain a clean furnace and heater, have them professionally cleaned and inspected annually.
4. Hire a Professional
To find a furnace repair expert, do your research and ensure the company you are considering has all the necessary licenses, certifications, and insurance coverage to complete the work you need. Check online and with industry associations like the National Air Duct Cleaners Association to find a reputable company.
Make sure they have references who can confirm their quality of work in troubleshooting furnace problems. Have them out to assess to determine the best course of action and get a written estimate before they start any work.
Do Your Heater Maintenance Today
Daily maintaining your home’s heater and the furnace is paramount to keeping you and your family safe and comfortable. You should inspect heating systems annually to identify emerging problems before they cause further damage or disruption.
Inspect your system for efficiency and safety, and contact a professional HVAC contractor. Take your time and take these furnace and heater maintenance tips seriously!
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