You’ve seen it … the days are getting shorter and the nights are getting cooler. And we are beginning to turn on our furnaces and fireplaces. Now is a good time to have furnaces and fireplaces serviced to confirm that they are functioning properly. Dirt is the biggest enemy of your furnace. It can waste fuel and drastically lower efficiency. In some cases, it can even cause the furnace to overheat. Get handy this weekend.
- Vacuum and clean regularly in and around the furnace, particularly around the burner compartment to prevent a build-up of dust and lint.
- Move any items that have accumulated in, on or around the furnace that can obstruct airflow.
- Most forced-air units have a filter that cleans the air before heating and circulating it throughout the home. The filter should be checked monthly for lint build-up during periods of furnace use and cleaned or replaced, if necessary.
- When installing a new or cleaned filter, be sure to re-install the front panel door of the furnace properly so it fits snugly. Never operate the furnace without the front-panel door properly in place because doing so may create the risk of carbon monoxide poisoning.
- Check the appearance of the flame. If the flame is yellow, large and unsteady, the furnace needs to be inspected immediately by a licensed plumber/gas fitter to have the condition corrected.
Remember, the time for your furnace maintenance check is before the first big cold snap. Avoid the rush by scheduling your service appointment today.