After the gathering of your family during Christmas and New Year’s eve, it is the busiest time for you to do maintenance tasks for your furnace or HVAC unit. You may have one big happy family or you may only have 5 members in the house, either way, the aftermath of celebrating Christmas and New Year is one of the busiest time of the year. It is time to get your furnace ready for the whole year.
These maintenance tasks can help you get your home in condition to run the whole year and get a lesser chance to break down, leaks or other problems that may occur:
Before you start doing any steps for maintenance and open your furnace, you must always remember that your priority is your safety.
The points below are the things you must do before you start doing the maintenance:
- Turn your furnace off.
- Unplug everything.
- Wear gloves.
- Wear a protective glass.
- Wear a protective suit to protect your body.
Inspect your furnace filter
Proper furnace maintenance is the biggest preventative measures you can take. Check if your furnace filter is in good condition, change it if necessary. Make sure the filter is changed every three months and it is working properly. By sliding out the old filter to remove it and install the new one. You may consult a professional furnace technician if you are in doubt.
Inspect your furnace blower
After the furnace filter cleaning, You will see the blower next to it. The blower is placed just on the right side after the air filter. Check if there are dust and dirt inside the blower, if there is, clean the blower, blocks, and straps to remove the dirt. You may take the panel off that covers the filter and access the blower. A damp cloth is a good tool to clean the blower.
Inspect your furnace thermostat
If your thermostat is already set and yet your family does feel uncomfortable, there must be a problem with your thermostat especially if you know that it has been running constantly. Check if the thermostat is broken and need a replacement, if you feel like it, you may contact a professional furnace technician or replace it yourself if you think you can do it.
Inspect your furnace duct
If you are using a
forced air furnace, you ducts are prone to breakage. It is a requirement to clean your ducts regularly. With the use of vacuum cleaner, you will be able to clean it easily. After cleaning, look for leaks. Running a leaked furnace result to not equal distribution of heated air in your house. If you find leaks, cover it with duct tape if it’s small than 2 inches. If it’s larger than 2 inches, you may cover it with a piece of metal plate.
Furnace cleaning and maintenance is a bit costly if it’s there are a lot of broken parts but treat it as sort of investment to avoid bigger expenses or even buying a new furnace. If you own a furnace by purchasing it or through a rental furnace services, either way, you may contact a professional technician anytime if you experience problems with your furnace that you feel like you can’t do it on your own.