A properly maintained furnace helps keep your indoor air clean, comfortable, and pleasant to breathe. In addition to checking for unusual smells and noises, there are several important things you need to do to help your furnace perform at its best when the cold weather comes. Here are five tasks to complete before turning on your furnace for the fall in Gettysburg, PA.
Tune Up the Furnace
A professional technician should tune up your furnace before you turn it on in the fall. Conducting annual furnace maintenance keeps your equipment at an optimal operating level. During a routine maintenance visit, you can expect your technician to perform a variety of tasks including:
- Oiling and greasing all bearings
- Making necessary adjustments to controls, dampers, belts, valves, etc.
- Cleaning controls, contacts, spray nozzles, etc.
- Starting up the heating system and testing it for proper operation
Change the Air Filters
Air filters help trap dust, allergens, dander, and other particles. Change the filters often so the furnace will warm the air effectively. Dirty filters inhibit airflow and cause undue strain which can shorten your furnace’s lifespan. If you have a permanent electrostatic filter, wash it frequently.
Check the Thermostat
The thermostat helps in the regulation of heat transfer to achieve the correct temperatures. Turn it on to see if it engages and, if it does not, consider calling a professional to check for issues with power or fuses.
Clean the Heat Exchanger and Burners
Hire an experienced HVAC professional to clean the heat exchanger yearly. Cracked heat exchangers can cause carbon monoxide leaks, leading to costly repairs or a premature replacement. Your technician should also check for any rusty parts or ones that may need professional repairs.
Professional inspections and maintenance visits are important because they help your furnace to keep you comfortable throughout the fall and winter. Get in touch with us at Siegman Forced Air Systems, Inc. for high-quality heating services.
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