Your furnace should not be at the bottom of your list of priorities. It requires some of your time and attention especially during the highs and lows of the seasons. It is just as important as making sure that your car engine works properly. If your heating and cooling systems are compromised, that can affect the air that you breathe in your home. You might be in danger of inhaling carbon monoxide or the system itself could break down prematurely. That can actually cost a lot more – and money will not be the only issue here but the health of your family as well.
Ideally, you need to call in a professional to inspect and maintain your furnace annually. However, there are things that you can do to ensure that the system is running well.
- Change the filters as often as possible. This is the part that catches the dirt and dust from the air before it circulates in your home. Naturally, it will build up over time. This is why the filter has to be replaced as often as possible. The more dirt there is, the more that the clean air is compromised in your house.
- Learn to spot a defective burner flame. To do this, turn up the thermostat and observe the flame that the furnace produces. If it is blue, then you have nothing to worry about. A blue flame is caused by natural gas. However, if you see a yellow flame, that is a sign that the combustion is defective. You should call a professional to come look at it as soon as possible.
- Keep the furnace from being overworked. Check if your heating and cooling system has a damper. If it has one, you can manually control the temperature in your home. Try to match it with the current season. That way, the furnace will not work as hard as it has to.
- Check the duct for leaks. Any leak in the duct will compromise the efficiency of the system. In case you spot any leak, you have to seal it as soon as possible. Failing to do so might lead to a more serious damage on the system.
- Clean the burner, pilot light, hot surface ignitors, and flame sensors. For this task, you need to ensure that the electrical and gas supply are both turned off. Once it is safe, you should get a vacuum hose to remove the dust and dirt in the combustion section. Be careful when you are doing this. In case you are not confident that you can do this on your own, you can call a professional to do it once or twice. Make sure you observe how it is done so you can do the next one on your own.
- Clean the blower. This is where the air come from. If this is dirty, you can be sure that the air in your house is also compromised. You need to brush off the dust and the dirt that accumulated in the blower. Once again, you need the electrical and gas supply to be turned off for this task. It might be best to do this when you are cleaning the combustion section too.
As you can see, it does not take a rocket scientist to ensure that your furnace is working well. However, you need to commit to taking care of it. In case you feel intimidated by the task that you have to accomplish, just call an expert to help you out. Air America is always ready to lend a helping hand. Our trained technicians are ready to give you a visit so we can ensure that your furnace is well-maintained and in good working condition.