As the temperature begins to drop, it is important to make sure your furnace is prepared for the cold months ahead. Neglecting routine maintenance causes your furnace to work harder than it should which can lead to inconvenient breakdowns and pricey repairs.
Here are a few maintenance tips for your furnace to make sure it is running efficiently this winter.
This is the easiest and most basic furnace maintenance task to add to your winter checklist. Dirty or clogged filters not only make your furnace work harder than it should, but they also prevent dust and debris from being captured. This can affect indoor air quality and aggravate respiratory problems.
Inspect Burner Flames
Turn your thermostat on and inspect the burners. For a gas-fired furnace, verify the flame color is blue. If the flame is yellow, there is a problem with combustion and your furnace is producing carbon monoxide. This is a safety hazard that needs to be addressed immediately by a professional.
Clean Internal and External Components
Before regular furnace use, it is important to make sure all the internal and external parts of your furnace are clean. It is best to call in a professional to clear this dust and debris to make sure the internal parts are not damaged in the cleaning process.
Check Ductwork for Leaks
Leaky ducts waste energy and can decrease the overall efficiency of your furnace. If you suspect leaky ductwork, have a professional evaluate and seal off joints to prevent heat waste. This simple fix will also save you money each month.
If you want to make sure your furnace is prepared for the cold, give us a call or schedule service online. For only $33, our technicians will perform a full inspection of your furnace and help prevent unexpected breakdowns this winter.