Preparing Your Furnace For Fall
Performing seasonal furnace maintenance is a good idea for a couple of reasons. It ensures that you have access to heat when you need it and it improves the efficiency for cost-savings over the lifetime of the implement. Furnace preparation for fall is highly recommended as part of your general fall cleaning and maintenance routine.
Tips for preparing your furnace for Fall
- Locate the service manual – Every homeowner should be familiar with this book. If you notice a problem or need to do a DIY component change, the service manual that came with your system will have all or most of the answers you need to get the job done. Reference the manual before following any online instructions, because every system may be a little different.
- Shut off the system – Shutting system power off is the most important part of any maintenance process. Make sure to terminate the electric supply before removing any parts or sticking your hand anywhere inside the system.
- Change the filter – You should do this more often than seasonally. Every month and a half of use, check your filter for dust and debris. If you can see the dust, it’s time to change the filter. Always change it at the start of fall to ensure that you can flush any dust that has built up over the summer out of the system easily.
- Clean the blower – If your furnace has a blower and you haven’t been great about changing the filters, you may want to wipe down blower components thoroughly to prevent dust from recirculating, kicking up your allergies, or becoming a fire hazard.
- Inspect, test, and repair furnace components – Using the service manual as a guide, inspect, clean, and repair belts, fans, and other components of your furnace as necessary. Attempting a DIY annual cleaning may take around three to four hours, which is why many homeowners prefer to call a heating and cooling professional. A professional job will ensure that each component goes back into the furnace where it belongs for optimal efficiency and performance.
- Check your carbon monoxide monitors – For homes with gas furnaces, install or maintain a detector on each floor. Gas buildup can be deadly, and an affordable detector can save lives. Inspect your monitors for functionality and replace batteries or improperly working monitors as necessary.
- Clean floor and ceiling vents – Take out the vent openings in all the rooms of your house and give them a thorough vacuuming and dusting. Dust buildup on these air exits will make the system less efficient and can increase the number of allergens in the home.
All heating and air system professionals recommend an annual maintenance checkup to keep your system performing well. If you’re not comfortable taking out, inspecting, and tuning all the components of your furnace, the team at Patriot Air Comfort Systems highly recommends calling out a technician for annual maintenance before the weather gets cold. Doing so provides peace of mind and will improve the lifespan of your furnace.