With the weather turning colder each day, this is the perfect time to make sure your home heating system is in peak condition. By cleaning and checking your furnace, you could avoid costly repairs and replacements down the road.
Make Sure to Clean it for Dust and Dirt
Remove any dust or debris that has accumulated on the burners over the summer months and clean your vents and ducts using a vacuum hose. Also, check the exhaust flue for any obstructions and keep the area around your furnace free of clutter, as well as the areas around the vents. When doing your monthly filter check and change, consider upgrading to pleated filter if you have not already. These make your furnace more efficient and increase air flow.
Inspect the Blower Belt and Coils
While cleaning the burners, inspect for any rust or other damage. Open up the furnace as well, checking that the blower belt is not cracked or in need of replacement and that the blower motor is oiled. When the furnace is started up, unusual noises could indicate a motor in need of oil. Verify that your thermostat is working correctly and consider installing a more efficient version to ensure you are getting the most out of your heating system.
If there is any damage to your furnace, contact a professional to get it cleaned and repaired before winter. For more information, contact AC Heating & Cooling Service Inc. in Concord at 925-521-1807.