Were you aware that you can prevent many of the most common furnace problems by performing proper maintenance on your system? The right information and a little commitment will go a long way in successfully keeping your furnace going and preventing potential breakdowns. Today we’ll be offering furnace maintenance tips to help keep your heating system running great all season!
Furnace maintenance for winter
- Get your professional tune-up. The best thing you can do is to schedule a professional tune-up every year to ensure your furnace performs to the best of its capacity. Throughout a tune-up, our technicians will check your furnace for any technical issues and perform a variety of maintenance activities (such as cleaning your system) that will help avoid potential breakdowns, increase performance levels and ensure your system operates safely.
- Maintain clean air filter. You would be shocked when we hear the amount of furnace breakdowns that could have been stopped if the homeowner had modified his or her air filter. A dirty filter can cause all kinds of performance and efficiency problems and you can prevent these problems by simply testing and/or adjusting your filter once a month.
- Check the detectors for CO. CO detectors will alert you if your furnace creates a carbon monoxide leak that could potentially put people in your home at risk for life. Make sure your CO detectors are working and have a fresh set of batteries during the heating season.
- Enable respiration from your air registers. If a furniture covers or blocks any of your air registers, your furnace will have a hard time heating your home uniformly and efficiently. Ensure sure all of your floor registers are open and clogged.
- In older furnace, test the pilot light. If you have an older furnace with a pilot light, check to make sure the bright blue burns on the flame. If it’s a different color, it probably burns inefficiently and you should contact Hyde’s so we can look into the issue.
- Don’t block exhaust pipes at the outside. High output gas furnaces are fitted with exhaust pipes that lead outside of home and near to ground. It’s important that nothing blocks these pipes so your furnace will be able to work safely and effectively.
- Keep clear the area that is surrounding your device. Keep the area around your furnace clear, so that when the time comes for any maintenance or repair you and your service technician can easily access it.