Furnace Maintenance Reminders To Keep Your Home's System Working Well

Although spring has arrived, cold and snowy weather are still occurring in some parts of the United States. Here are some reminders about furnace maintenance to help you keep your home furnace in tip-top shape for the rest of this and for upcoming winters.

Don't Forget a Seasonal Tune-Up

One of the most important things you need to do as a homeowner is to keep up your furnace with regular servicing. It is recommended to check your furnace once a year with a tune-up by a heating professional.

During this routine maintenance, your heating professional will be able to find any problems before they turn into damage to your system and a non-working furnace in the middle of winter. They can check the furnace's components and replace anything worn or aging to keep your system working fully. For example, your furnace ignition can become dirty from use and needs to be cleaned and checked each year to ensure it continues to burn properly. This type of maintenance can be done in the fall just as the weather is turning cooler.

Maintain Your Furnace

Just because you hire a furnace professional to check and inspect your furnace each fall does not mean you are exempt from completing any further work on your home heating system. It is your responsibility to make sure your furnace filter is changed out regularly so the furnace air flow remains unimpeded. When your furnace filter becomes clogged, the air flow will be blocked and create a vacuum environment inside your furnace blower, which can overheat the motor and damage it permanently.

You should be checking your furnace filter once a month to look for excessive dust and debris on the filter, then change it out, when needed. If you have pets in your home, you will likely need to replace it more frequently than homeowners who do not have pets. 

Know When to Call a Professional

There can be many indications your furnace system is giving you to let you know it needs service work. Some of the more obvious signs, such as your furnace not heating or the blower switching on and off without properly heating your home are both reasons you should call a heating professional.

Another reason to call for furnace work is if your carbon monoxide detector alarms or you smell any unusual odors emitting from your furnace or collecting inside your furnace area. Also, if you hear grinding noises inside your furnace motor or other loud banging noises, shut off your furnace immediately and call your furnace professional. These signs can be related to a worn belt or bearings and should be professionally repaired to prevent further damage to your system.

For more information, reach out to a heating system installation or repair professional.