Why You Need to Maintenance Your Furnace Now

Why You Need to Maintenance Your Furnace Now

Autumn has arrived and that means everyone is one step closer to firing up their furnaces for the year. Since it has been a while since its last operation, a few maintenance tasks should be completed to help it run better. Otherwise, you might be looking at a money sucking machine, or worse — one that doesn’t work at all!

Cleaning the Chamber
Turn off the furnace and cut off its fuel by turning off the fuel supply valve. Remove the door to the combustion chamber and give it a quick inspection. Vacuum away any soot and debris while keeping an eye out for any holes or cracks. If there are any, cover them with foil tape.

Blower & Ductwork
Open the door to the blower compartment and vacuum the inside just as you did for the combustion chamber. Likewise, cover any holes or cracks with foil tape. Inspect the ductwork leading to and from the furnace as well. Any small holes will lead to air leaks, which will then lead to higher energy bills and an overworked heating system. These leaks must be fixed ASAP.

Replacing Filters
Filters are placed in HVAC systems to help collect dust, dirt, and allergen particles circulating through the air. After about a month or so, air filters will need to be replaced because they will become clogged with all of these particulates. Purchase high-quality air filters and keep them stocked in your home so you can easily change them out once per month.

While cleaning your furnace, here are the few things you’ll want to call in a pro for:

  • Excess soot accumulating inside the combustion chamber
  • A pilot flame that is no longer blue
  • Sudden shut-off or short cycling

Performing a quick fall maintenance on your furnace now will help you save money on bills and help prevent it from breaking down when you need it most. When you need a professional HVAC technician to service your furnace before winter starts, contact the pros at Tri-City Appliance, Plumbing, Heating & Cooling. To learn more, or to schedule an appointment, give us a call at (203) 303-5700.


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