If you have ever had your furnace quite during extremely cold nights, you know how frustrating it can be to wait for repairs. It is also costly to have your furnace repaired during the busy season or at odd hours. To ensure you do not have to make it through another cold night with no heat, here are a few furnace maintenance tips to keep the repairman away:
1. Clean Your Filter, Vents & Furnace for More Efficient Airflow
One of the most common causes of inefficient heating is furnaces that get dirty. The air filter needs to be changed regularly to ensure you always have good air flow. It is also a good idea to have the system cleaned when it is serviced. To catch problems with poor airflow, talk with a heating expert about installing an airflow gauge, which will monitor your systems for problems like clogged filters, ductwork or a failing blower fan.
2. Regularly Check the Power, Pilot Light & Gas Valves
The power for many gas furnaces is a switch that looks a lot like a light switch. It can easily be turned off and cause your heating to not work. If your heating is not coming on, check to make sure the power is turned on. In addition, it is also a good practice to regularly check to make sure that the pilot light is on and that the gas valve is turned all the way in the open position. If your heating is not heating or coming on at all, check the power, gas and pilot light before you make a call to a repair service.
3. Seasonal Maintenance for Your HVAC to Reduce Problems
Keeping up with maintenance is the best thing that you can do to avoid costly repairs. Have an HVAC technician come and do maintenance whenever you switch from heating or cooling. If you do not have air conditioning in your home, have them to maintenance in the fall and again when you stop using your furnace in the late spring. The technician will be able to help with minor repairs before they become major issues and costlier to have repaired.
These are some furnace maintenance tips that will help keep the repairman away and ensure your heating when you need it most. Contact a heating and air conditioning service like GNL Heating and Cooling for help with maintenance and repairs to keep your heating working efficiently.