Suffice it to say, your furnace and home’s heating system isn’t exactly doing its job correctly. So it’s time for a little furnace maintenance.
The following is a collection of our Winter Furnace Maintenance Tips straight from some of our furnace experts here at Temperature Pro in Milwaukee. Pay heed to them and we guarantee you furnace will never give you problems again.
Start Early on Furnace Maintenance
The reason why most people face a lot of trouble with their furnace during the winters is that they put of the basic maintenance and furnace checks until the time the furnace starts causing problems. If you wait until the dead of the winter for the furnace to die down on you, and then take note of the issue, you are most likely to suffer in the cold, freezing weather and waiting for the furnace glitches to be resolved.
It’s highly recommended that you start your heating and air conditioning services well before the weather changes. Either takes it upon yourself to do a thorough cleaning and maintenance of the furnace a few weeks before you think you might have to start using it, or call in the experts from Temperature Pro to take a look at your furnace to ensure optimal working conditions.
Bi Annual Furnace Cleanups
Furnaces are major household appliances that require regular checks and maintenance in order to continue working properly for a longer period of time. However, most of the time, a furnace doesn’t even serve out its warranty period before it starts giving problems let alone last 10 or 15 years as is marketed by the manufacturers. That’s’ because the furnaces remain unchecked, dirty and unmaintained up until the time where they break down entirely.
A bi-annually scheduled service and clean up of the furnace will ascertain that the furnace is working properly whenever needed. What’s more, a professional service will allow the expert furnace inspector to pick up on the current non-issue that can become a potential problem and a headache for you. Not only will you be saving valuable time, you will also be saving valuable money in the long-term.
Check to See if Your Furnace is Making Noises
Rattle, squeaks, screeches and breaking noises are one of the biggest and most obvious signs of furnace trouble. If your furnace makes irregular noises that you’ve never heard before, then it is highly recommended that you get your furnace checked by a professional without wasting any time.
Brushing off any unseemly noises as old bones creaking in the winter can cause you to suffer a hefty dent in your pocket when you have to pay for repairs or in extreme cases complete furnace replacements.
Vacuum or Dust Maintenance for Your Furnace
Often times people end up completely abandoning the use of their furnace during the summer months. When closed up and non-functional for a longer period of time, the furnace does little more than just collect dust and dirt. This dust and dirt can often clog the vents and choke the filters causing your furnace to malfunction at the most inopportune moment.
As such, it’s recommended that before you switch on your furnace to work, make sure that you clean, vacuum and dust on top and around the area. Use a soft, medium sized paint brush to dust the inside components of the furnace so that you don’t do any damage to the more fragile parts of the machinery.
Clean Your Furnace Filters
Over time the air filters of the furnace collect a lot of dirt and debris that can not only prevent the furnace from performing to its optimum level, it will also force your furnace to over-exert its machinery in order to compensate. This can cause a greater rundown in a shorter amount of time. You can easily remove the filters and thoroughly clean them out yourself to prevent air flow restrictions.
If need be, you can also, by yourself, replace the air filters if they become too dirty.
Clean the Furnace Blower
The blower is usually located next to the air filter and is equally susceptible of becoming clogged by the collecting dust and dirt. The bad part about not cleaning out the blower is that if left in this dirty, dusty state, it will end up circulating the dust all over your house and you really don’t want that. Make sure to clean out the blower along with the air filter and you’ll be good to go.
Test the Furnace Thermostat
The furnace thermostat is probably one of the most essential components of the entire appliance. That’s because it regulates when and for how long the furnace works. If your thermostat is not functioning properly it could mean that your furnace is working even when it’s not even being used. That means that you’re raking up energy bills for no good reason. Not only should you check whether the furnace is working properly, also program the thermostat to shut off at the times when the family is unlikely to be at home and to be switched on shortly before the members of the house are to return; not only would you save money, but you will also conserve energy.
Clear Out That Chimney
Regardless of the season, leaves, trees branches, nests and other free flying debris can get caught in the chimney. Accumulating debris can result in the chimney blockage that will cause your furnace to partially or completely backfire. Before you begin using the furnace for the winter make sure the chimney is cleared out and unblocked.
Schedule a Professional Furnace Inspection
As we mentioned earlier, the furnace is a major household appliance that requires particular time and attention to work at an optimal level. If you consider yourself inadequate at DIY cleaning and maintenance, it’s best that you schedule a professional inspection well before winter hits to ascertain that your furnace is in proper working order.
If you’re looking for a trusted furnace expert in the Cedarburg area,
feel free to contact the seasoned experts at Temperature Pro. You can call in to request a consultation at 262-510-2215, or visit TemperaturePro for more information.
About TemperaturePro in Cedarburg:
TemperaturePro is your full-service in-home heating and cooling provider. Whether you need a new unit installed or your current unit repaired and maintained, our certified HVAC technicians can do it all.
An HVAC system is an important investment that will impact your life for years to come. It’s important to protect that investment, and TemperaturePro does it better than anyone in the business. We provide quality HVAC services at a great cost!
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