Tips for Home Furnace Maintenance

Written by SLC Plumbing on . Posted in Blog

A huge part of our mission at All Hours Plumbing is to help you get the absolute maximum lifespan out of your important home or commercial utility features, and a big one on our list is the furnace. We offer furnace services ranging from basic furnace repair to full-on furnace replacement, with the expertise to help you address any issues that may come up over time.

You can put yourself in a good position in this area before you even call us for major repairs, in many cases. Here are a few basic tips to help you keep a gas-powered furnace operational for as long as possible.

Air Filter

One of the simplest and most important tasks for a furnace is replacing the air filter. Furnace filters are designed to trap dust, lint and any other debris from entering the furnace itself. Over time, though, they collect large amounts of this debris and need to be changed. This should be done roughly twice per year.

Different units may vary, but in most cases, the filter will be located either inside the blower door or between the blower and the return air duct. In most furnaces, the filter is very easy to remove and replace. Any dirt or clogs will be visible to the naked eye – simply replace it with a new one if they’re present.

Cleaning Elements

The filter will capture much of this debris, but some can still sneak through. Basic furnace maintenance can include cleaning basic blower assembly, along with pulleys and belts when the filter is being replaced. This may take the removal of a basic covering panel over the filter, or you have to slide out the fan unit.

Safety

When doing these or any other tasks, observe the proper safety habits. If you’re doing anything more than simple filter replacement, turn off all power to the system through the circuit that runs to the furnace. If you smell gas at any point, do not attempt any further work – call a professional right away, and leave the home until they’ve arrived.

Proper Inspection

Finally, having the furnace inspected by a reputable and professional inspector is vital. We’re in the prime period of these checks now – spring means the end of heating season, and you can kill two birds with one stone by having your furnace and HVAC system inspected at the same time.

To schedule a maintenance appointment or learn more about furnace maintenance, contact us at All Hours Plumbing today.

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