You can think of winter as the busy season for your furnace. It is usually the time that your furnace breaks, and the last time you would ever want it to break. However, there are things that you can do before the season starts to help it function best. Here is a pre-winter checklist that includes six things to do for your furnace.
1. Clean Your Furnace
Cleaning your furnace is not too difficult, and it is one way to get the best performance during the winter. However, hiring a professional is easier and ensures a more thorough job. Many repairs start when dirt or dust affects your furnace itself. For example, dirt on the blower motor will reduce your system’s efficiency. Generally, inefficiency increases the chance that something breaks because your furnace is straining. You want to do everything possible to ensure that air can freely run through your system. The key to your furnace is in the switches and control. They are affected by dirty parts.
2. Change Your Air Filters
A dirty air filter will harm your furnace in a couple of ways. First, it will force your furnace to work harder during its most taxing time of the year. Clogged air filters will increase the energy needed for your furnace to force out for air.
Second, debris and dust in your air filters can get into your furnace itself and affect the complicated machinery that helps warm your home. Debris can harm and break small or large parts and cause an expensive repair. Even worse, you will be sitting at home in the cold until it is fixed. Not only should you do this before the winter begins, but you should also check the air filters regularly during the winter.
3. Perform Preventative Maintenance
Preventative maintenance can be things as simple as a tune-up or a quick check to make sure that your furnace is in working order. The worst thing would be a small repair becoming a bigger one and hitting you right in the middle of the cold season. Many of these problems can be caught if a professional takes a look at your furnace right before you need it the most. They can also make small fixes as needed or do what it takes to ensure that your system is in tip-top shape for the winter. Your furnace needs care just like any other complicated piece of machinery.
4. Check Your Air Vents
Already, you can sense a common theme of cleanliness working best for your furnace. One more thing to clean is your air vents. These can get blocked with debris. When that happens, the air produced by your furnace will not be able to heat your home efficiently. Your natural reaction may be to turn up the heat. This is where your furnace will get overworked and break down. This is something very easy that you can do on your own. Simply make sure that nothing is blocking the vents and visually inspect them to make sure that nothing is blocking them.
5. Clean Your Air Ducts
Duct cleaning is another way to reduce some burden that the winter places on your furnace. Just like when your air filter is clogged and dirty, your vents can also force the furnace to work harder when it is already overburdened. Not only will this improve the air quality in your home, but it will also improve the system’s performance. Clogged ducts cause furnace inefficiency. This will raise your heating bills and also increase the chances that your furnace may break when you need it the most.
6. Check for Signs of Trouble
While you should have a professional look at your furnace before the season starts, you are also your first line of defense. Performing a visual inspection and checking for any troublesome signs is a way to start. For example, when you run your HVAC and hear unusual noises or smell something out of the ordinary, it is a sign of trouble. Of course, you are not a trained professional, but this should be done even before your regular seasonal maintenance.
Contact the Lehi, UT, pros at OyBoy Heating and Cooling to learn more about how they can help you with your heating and AC repairs, maintenance, and installation. We also offer smart home upgrades, ductwork services, and in-home gas line installation. They do both preventative maintenance and fix your system as it breaks.