Regular maintenance is key to ensuring proper functionality, efficiency and a long lifespan of any home heating system. Regardless of the type of furnace heating system, there are a couple of things to consider in order to keep it working at the optimum level. Mentioned in this article are some of the important maintenance tips. Although the best approach is to hire a professional, some of the following things can be done by the homeowner.
Note: It is always important to turn off the fuel and electrical supply before doing any work.
One of the most common problem areas is the filter. If the filter is dirty with accumulated debris, the airflow will be impeded. Blocking the airflow will reduce both the efficiency and the lifespan of the furnace heating system. To prevent airflow problems:
- Regularly (at least once a month) examine the filters (particular if they are fiberglass)
- Clean permanent filters on a monthly basis
- Electronic air cleaners should be cleaned every other month
Some furnace heating systems may have failures in their electrical systems. If the fuse blows repeatedly or the trip switch goes off, it is a definite sign of an electrical problem. Electrical issues should be handled by a qualified and experienced professional only.
Smell of Gas
If the furnace heating system runs on gas and there is a smell of gas within the house, the best thing to do is to get out of the house leaving the doors and windows open. Call 911 and report that you smell gas.
Yearly System Check
While it is important to carry out regular inspection work and light maintenance work by the homeowners, it is mandatory to get these units inspected by professionals once a year. A professional will check for any leaks or potential issues from wear and tear. It is a wise homeowner’s decision to get the furnace heating system serviced at the end of the heating season; service companies are likely to offer seasonal discounts during this period. Learn more about our annual HVAC maintenance agreements and how they can help you save money – and NOT get left out in the cold!
It is always better to track the performance of the furnace heater. The key is to address problems early.
For more information, contact Good Deals Heating & Cooling at 215-947-1166.