Speaking of the above street wisdom, you might be able to make it work for some of your equipment and appliances, but believe me when I say that when it comes to your home furnace, nothing can be more further away from the truth.
Autumn—or fall as the season is commonly known—is the time of change. The trees change their appearances and appear to be more deciduous with each passing day. The season is also changing from the warmth of the summer to the chill of the winter. It is important that steps are taken that ensure you are prepared when the season does change. And one of the most important aspects involved in this preparation is to tune-up your furnace so that it gives you the warmth and comfort that you deserve, in the cold of the winter.
Below are some of the key tips that are necessary to consider when you decide to tune-up your furnace, this fall:
Inspect the Combustion Chamber
Before you perform any inspection or maintenance, as a part of your fall tune-up, ensure that, both, the power and fuel supplies to the furnace are turned off or cut. This is essential for your safety and you should never perform a repair job on a furnace that is not completely dormant.
After taking the necessary precautions, as mentioned above, remove the cover of the combustion chamber to expose the interior. Vacuum the interior and carefully inspect for holes and corrosion. Be sure to cover any holes that you may across with foil tape.
Vacuum Every Ductwork
Once the maintenance of the combustion chamber is done, carry out the same procedure for every ductwork on the furnace, including the blowing compartment and the return air ducts. For instance, clean the blowing compartment by removing the cover of the blowing compartment and giving a thorough vacuum job. As with the combustion chamber, inspect for holes and corrosion and patch up any holes that you may come across.
The All Important Furnace Filter
The functions that a furnace filter performs are integral to the cause of an efficient furnace. The basic function of a furnace filter is to prevent dust, dirt, grit and other airborne particles from entering the furnace system and damaging its parts. It is important to ensure that the furnace filter is cleaned regularly (every two months or so) so you hit zero snags during the winters.
A thing to note is that homes today are so tightly sealed that the furnace system is, literally, the only mean of circulation available. Considering the situation, it is important to ensure that such a furnace filter is installed that not only traps dust but also prevents spores, pollen and bacteria from passing into your home. It’s easier to get sick in winters . Don’t make the job easier. Get in touch with TemperaturePro representatives if you need more advice on this matter.
Oil the Bearings
Many furnaces, the older ones in particular, have two blower shaft bearings and two motor bearings. For efficient functioning, it is important for both of these sets to be oiled, at least, once a year. Clean the caps, covering the bearings with a damp cloth. After the cleaning job is done, gently remove them and, carefully, add two to three drops of lightweight machine oil, to each bearing. It is of, utmost, importance to note that the bearings are not over lubricated. Once the job is done, replace the caps to cover the bearings, once again.
Check the Thermostat
It is important to check the thermostat, during the maintenance, to check whether it is working properly. It will ensure that your furnace is set at a temperature that is according to your needs and runs, only, when it needs to, saving energy costs.
Check the Electrical Connections
It is of utmost importance that you check the electrical connections and ensure that they are tight. Faulty wiring and loose electrical connections cause damage to your furnace and give rise to the chances of short circuit. It is important, also, to measure the voltage and current levels of your furnace to check whether they need stabilization or not.
Check the Fuel Connections
Next, you should check the fuel connections are proper and that the pipes are well-maintained. If the connections are improper then it is a cause of alarm, to say the least, and prompt action needs to be taken that your winter and holidays are not spoiled by fire hazards and health concerns.
It is important to ensure that the furnace’s moving parts are lubricated, at all times. Lack of lubrication causes friction, which heats your furnace up and also increases the amount of electricity that the system consumes. Remember, a furnace’s job is to make everything else hot, not be hot itself.
A quick call to TemperaturePro in Cedarburg Can Save You Thousands on a New Unit with a proper tune-up
Many of these maintenance routines are such that they can be performed, with some effort, by an average household. However, it is better, always, to consult and hire professionals. If you, too, wish to prepare for the winters by giving your furnace a fall tune-up—and wish to ensure that it is done properly—then we, at TemperaturePro, situated in Cedarburg and surrounding communities, offer services such as furnace repair and new furnace installation. We will ensure that your furnace gets treated with the care that it deserves, so that it may continue to serve for countless winters that are sure to come.