Colder days are fast approaching, so you’ll need your furnace to keep you warm. However, a furnace that hasn’t been ‘tuned up’ won’t warm you up! Fall maintenance is the key to ensuring your furnace is fit to perform well during the colder months. This is standard maintenance that should be done every year by a professional. In fact, fall is the most important time to have your furnace serviced. Below is a short checklist of furnace maintenance items that will get your heating system ready for the fall.
Check for Air Leaks
Air leaks in your HVAC system or places around your home can cause your energy bills to skyrocket. These leaks are usually caused by cracks in windows or window sills, gaps around flues, chimneys and plumbing lines, or damaged weather stripping around doors and windows. Checking for these leaks should be the first task on your fall maintenance checklist. Repairing these issues by sealing the cracks, replacing the weather stripping, adding extra insulation and fixing the gaps can lower your energy bills by increasing your furnace’s energy efficiency and overall performance.
Replace the Air Filter
Never turn on your furnace for the winter without changing the filter first. It’s a task that’s so easy homeowners can do it themselves, but it should be left to the pros since they’ll be performing all of the other maintenance tasks, as well. Ideally, your filter should be replaced at least twice a year and always in the fall. Replacing your filter regularly can help you save money on your energy bills. Besides that, it can increase the heating capacity, condition and longevity of your furnace.
Check the Furnace for Overall Safe Operation
Problems with the heating elements and/or mechanical components of your furnace can pose serious fire and health hazards. For example, a cracked heat exchanger or bad burner combustion can cause your furnace to leak carbon monoxide. Carbon monoxide is a poisonous gas, and excessive exposure can be fatal, cause serious neurological and/or respiratory damage and more. Soot or debris-filled flues/chimneys can also be fire and health hazards. Make sure your HVAC technician inspects your burners, the heat exchanger, the gas pressure, gas or oil connections and the flue. However, if you hire professionals like Excelsior Mechanical, you can rest assured these inspections will be a part of your regular furnace maintenance.
Clean the Air Ducts
Dirty air ducts can put a strain on your furnace, decrease the air quality in your home and increase your energy costs. A thorough HVAC service will clean the dirt and dust out of your ducts, then inspect them for mold, mildew, disconnected parts and dents. Additionally, they will make sure your vents are clean, open, functioning and unobstructed. Dirty or obstructed vents can also put strain on your furnace by causing it to work harder. Debris, dust or dirt in the vents can also be fire hazards.
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