Plumbing Tips

Furnace Maintenance Tips

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  1. Check Your Air Filter

Checking your air filter is one of the easiest things you can do to maintain your furnace. They all have different lifespans depending on the kind you have, so be sure to check whether it is a 1 month, 3 months or longer lifespan. Remember, a clogged air filter makes it hard for your furnace to push air through, taking more energy to heat your home and not heating it efficiently. A clean air filter can save you up to 15% on your electricity bill! If your air filter is reusable make sure to remember to clean it as regularly as instructed. Some thermostats have reminder settings, be sure to take advantage of this feature to help you stay on top of your filters!

  1. Clean Your Vents

It can be amazing what winds up in your vents. From dust to food to hair to toys, many things can, and will, make their way down your vents. Be sure to at least once a year lift your vent covers and give them a vacuum out. This also goes for cold air return vents as well, they can be neglected, so make sure to check them at the same time. It would be a good sense practise to at the same time check your intake and exhaust pipes. Located on the outside of your house they can easily get clogged with vegetation, critters, snow and leaves so be sure to have a good look! 

  1. Look at Your Furnace

This may seem like an easy thing to do, but it is often forgotten. Most furnaces being out of the living space of the home, they are often overlooked when it comes to annual chores and check ups. Making sure to actually go and look at your furnace can be a handy way of doing a quick assessment of whether or not your regular maintenance will be enough or if you have to call a professional in. Make sure to check for signs of black soot, a condensate tube filled with algae, tubes that may not be properly attached, rust or mainly yellow flame. These are all signs you need to call in a professional. 

  1. Investigate Your Thermostat 

When it comes to furnace maintenance the thermostat can easily be overlooked, but it can be the culprit behind a number of different issues that can have your furnace misfiring left, right and centre. Your thermostat can actually be the culprit to a few issues with your furnace, for instance, if your furnace keeps shutting off or suddenly stops running, check the thermostat. It is always possible that someone set the setting to 'Off' instead of just turning it down. The wires could always be loose in their connection meaning it isn't telling the furnace accurately when to turn on. There are a number of things that can go wrong with your thermostat so be sure to keep your eye on it. 

  1. Check for Leaks

Although this problem is one that will most likely require the help of a professional, if you notice a leak early it can save you a lot in damage and cost of repair, another reason to keep your eye on that furnace. The number one thing to remember if you do find a leak is to make sure to turn your furnace off! Be sure to set the thermostat to off, close your gas line shut off valve and switch off the breaker to your furnace, once these things have been done it is safe to clean up the water. Sometimes, if you can pinpoint where the leak is coming from you can fix it with some foil tape, but be sure to follow up with a professional to make sure that was the only issue. 

Remember, you should maintain your furnace through the year to make sure it does the best job for you it can. As the seasons change you should take care of your furnace; in the winter make sure you can start it up easily and it will heat your home effectively. In summertime you want to make sure you are turning it down or off in good shape so you don't find yourself in a bad situation come the fall, only to turn it on to find out what was once a small problem has become a huge issue. But the most important thing to remember when it comes to furnace maintenance is that you can reach Plumbers 911 anytime, they will quickly get you in touch with professional Plumbers and service specialists in your area!