Fall Furnace Maintenance Tips

Fall Furnace Maintenance Tips

We know it’s starting to get cold, but don’t flip that furnace switch just yet! Before you turn your heating system on for the first time, take the time to perform a small maintenance on your furnace. This will allow it to run efficiently and to see if any repairs need to be made. Here’s how you can tackle fall furnace maintenance off of your to-do list!

Before cleaning or repairing anything, remember to shut the power off by either flipping the furnace switch, or by shutting the gas off.

  1. Suck It Up – Dust, dirt, and debris can collect on the inside of your furnace. Grab a vacuum and commence cleaning. Be sure to clean every inch of the furnace, including the gas burners. Use the long attachment on the vacuum for those hard to reach slits and crevices.
  2. Replace the Filter – The furnace filter will help your heating system run more efficiently and will catch any unwanted particles from circulating throughout your home. Make sure you purchase a high-grade MERV filter to help improve your indoor air quality. Unlike most of these seasonal tips, this one should be done at least once a month.
  3. Inspect the Blower-Fan Belt – After a while, fan belts will start to deteriorate, crack, and break. Check to see the condition of your furnace’s belt, and if it’s worn out buy a new one. As an insurance policy, purchase a second one in case the first one snaps on a cold winter’s night. Also, make sure the belt is not too loose or too tight. A half of an inch give on either side is the perfect amount for high-efficiency heating.
  4. Grease ‘em Up – If your furnace is on the older side, chances are it has motor bearings that can be accessed. These bearing will need to be oiled before turning on the heating system for the first time. Try not to over oil each bearing with lubricant.

Servicing your heating system before turning it on is always a good way to reduce damage to the furnace. Performing this fall maintenance is also a good way to see if your heating system needs a professional service, repair, or full replacement. Talk to the pros at Tri-City Appliance, Heating & Cooling if your furnace needs more than just a DIY maintenance. Give us a call at (203) 303-5700 to schedule a service today!

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