The work a furnace does goes largely unnoticed. That is, until it stops in the middle of a cold day. When the air quickly becomes frigid in your house, you’ll be calling a Canton HVAC company. If you take notice of your furnace now and do the necessary things to keep it running well, chances are that it won’t leave your house cold on a winter’s day.
The thermostat tells your furnace what to do. Bumping up the temperature on your thermostat should make a marked difference. But if nothing happens, then you might have a bad thermostat on your hands. This is a good thing to check before changing seasons bring cooler air and heat becomes a necessity.
Turn off the Power
Before you attempt any hands-on furnace maintenance, the power to your furnace should be turned off. There is a switch right by your unit that looks just like a light switch. Switch it to “off” and the power will be cut to the unit. This is very important if you are doing anything that requires touching the furnace itself. You are dealing with gas and electricity, both of which can be volatile.
Replace the Filter
Replacing the filter is a simple task that should be done every one to three months.
Often, a clogged filter is the reason a furnace isn’t operating efficiently. It’s similar to breathing through a straw. Air can’t be pulled through the furnace properly, which doesn’t allow heat to travel well from the furnace to your living space. If not addressed, it can ultimately lead to overheating and shut down. A clogged filter also wears out the blower motor.
Sometimes, the look of a room is taken into account more than airflow. But when furniture covers up vents, it can cause problems similar to a clogged air filter. Even drapes can get in the way of air coming out of the vents. This could be the reason why certain rooms in your house are not as warm as they should be. Unblock air vents by moving obstructing furniture and drapes.
Clean Return Vents
Ever notice how the return air vents in your house get covered in dust? This clogs up the heating system. Take a vacuum cleaner and clean the vent. Then remove the vent and clean as much as you can reach with a vacuum brush attachment.
Maintenance by the Professionals
In addition to the tips above, there is much more furnace maintenance that can be done by a professional HVAC company. Cleaning the blower and burners will make your system more efficient. A heating company can also check for harmful carbon dioxide gasses that may be leaking into your living space.
Anytime HVAC specializes in taking care of your furnace maintenance needs. We provide a 30-point inspection of your system as part of routine maintenance to make sure that your furnace can go the distance and is not hazardous to your health. Anytime HVAC will help your furnace keep you warm over the winter. 24-hour emergency service is also available. Give Anytime Heating, Cooling and Plumbing a call today!