Many homeowners turn on their furnaces at the first sign of a chill in the air. Before you get the heat running, you should follow these annual maintenance tips to check your furnace for any problems. Even if you’ve already turned on your furnace, it’s not too late to give everything a once-over to confirm the system is safe for the rest of the winter. If you have any questions or are considering installing a brand new furnace, call Naughton Mechanical today!
When your furnace doesn’t seem to be running properly, your first instinct may be to check out the unit itself. However, some problems are caused by a malfunctioning thermostat. For instance, if your room doesn’t feel warm despite setting the thermostat at a comfortable temperature, inspect the thermostat first to see if there are any problems. Check the temperature setting and examine the wiring to see if there are any signs of aging or damage.
A ventilation system is made of the metal vents that extend to each room in your home. Over time, these vents can become clogged with dust, dirt and other pollutants. At worse, the vents may become blocked and prevent any air from moving at all. Take the time to clean out the vents to promote cleaner air and better circulation across your home. To clean your vents, you will need to shut off your HVAC system temporarily. Then, clean each of the grilles with a gentle brush and the inside of the ducts with a vacuum. If this doesn’t work, you’ll need a furnace contractor to examine the inside of the system.
The fan is the part of your furnace that pushes air through the vents. When the fan is working normally, your rooms will all be at a consistent temperature. If the fan isn’t blowing for whatever reason, the heat will not circulate properly. You may notice that one part of your house is warmer than the other. When this occurs, check to see if any debris has gotten stuck in the fan that is stopping it from spinning. If you are unable to find the issue on your own, you may need to have your fan examined by an HVAC professional.
Filters are responsible for keeping dirt and other contaminants out of your furnace and the air. If the filter becomes full, it cannot adequately keep your furnace clean, leading to buildup. Depending on the thickness of your filters, you may need to replace them sooner rather than later. At the very least, replace your furnace’s filter every year to ensure that everything is functioning as it should be.
As you perform annual maintenance on your furnace each fall, don’t forget that our HVAC professionals are here to help. If your furnace continues to cause you problems every winter, it may be time to install a new one. Talk to an expert at Naughton Mechanical LLC to determine whether your furnace needs to be replaced. Get in touch to schedule a free estimate!