Proper Maintenance in Winter

Keeping your home warm and comfortable in the winter is important. This should include regular maintenance of the furnace system. Having a dirty furnace can result in an unnecessary loss of efficiency and can damage the furnace.

Make sure to check the filter on a regular basis, and replace it when necessary. Dirty filters should be replaced to prevent equipment from working harder, which results in energy waste and possible internal damage. Inspect the blower compartment as well. You can use a vacuum to remove any dirt or dust from the filter. A clogged filter can result in improper performance and low-efficiency. We can also inspect the furnace and filter for you, to ensure it is as clean as possible. If you have pets or anyone in your family smokes, you may need to replace the filter more often. You can contact us and we can advise you on the proper schedule that would benefit your home and furnace. Also remember to remove clutter from around the furnace. Items stored near the furnace are a fire hazard. They may also obstruct combustion air supply. This could cause incomplete combustion and the production of carbon monoxide gas.

You will also want to listen for unfamiliar noises. Set the thermostat on the heat option and move the setting above room temperature. If you hear any new or odd sounds while the furnace is operating, there may be an issue. Poorly performing burners can produce unfamiliar noises. Also notice any unusual odors. If you smell anything unusual or a burning smell, it is an indication the system is not running correctly. This can even lead to further damage. You can also look for visible signs of a malfunctioning unit. This could include unusual amounts of moisture or dampness on the windows on the inside. You may also notice burnt components, or unusual dirt or rust accumulations on the vent pipe. If you notice an issue, make sure to contact us as soon as possible.