The weather outside might be frightful, but here’s how you can keep the fire in your furnace delightful. When it comes to bracing against the cold of Old Man winter, your furnace needs to be prepared for the change in weather just as much as you do. We recommend taking a number of steps to ensure it performs at the right standard throughout the remainder of the year. While it may sound daunting, even basic preventative maintenance goes a long way and you can pace yourself gradually. Read up on just a couple of our best suggestions to keep things running up to speed.
First things first, schedule a cleaning service for your furnace as early as possible. Given the high demand during the winter period, it’s best to stay ahead of the curve and lock down an appointment before traffic builds up. You should always try to consult a professional for quality assurance purposes; you want to ensure a thorough job is completed the first time around. However, there are a number of things you can do yourself to help this process along. For instance, you can examine your chimney and carbon monoxide detectors for any blockages. Bird nests or excess debris can obstruct the pathway, hindering performance. If you don’t notice anything after a crude check-through, ask the professional you hire to do a more in-depth inspection.
Make it a point to brush and vacuum out the heat exchanger – while performing this task, it’s imperative you search for any cracks. Damage to this section could result in dangerous carbon monoxide leakage. You should also clean the blower motor – if you need further assistance, you can consult the owner’s manual. If the component requires lubrication, then turn off the power and open the cover before attempting to clean the caps that cover the bearings. While you’re at it, it never hurts to confirm nothing is blocking your heating vents. Lastly, make sure to remove any dust or rust from the furnace’s burners.
This is where a professional really comes in handy. You’ll want to replace your nozzle and filter if you own an oil-powered furnace. You should also keep an eye on the tank level and refill as needed. Test out the igniter switch to see if it’s still operating smoothly. Also, make certain your thermostat is functioning at full capacity – it should allow you to seamlessly switch over from cooling to heating.
All in all, the goal is to make sure your furnace and heating distribution system are fully functional, safe for use, and energy-efficient. That way you can enjoy the toasty atmosphere without worry. There's also the added benefit of not wasting energy or your hard-earned money.
If all of this seems too daunting or you just don't have the time, call Comfort Heating and Air Conditioning to schedule your cleaning service today. You may call (952)-217-4060 or use our convenient Contact form. Or email us, if you prefer.