Posted on: Jan 12, 2017
Your furnace helps keep your home comfortable during the coldest months of the year. If it fails to function properly, you’ll need to have it serviced. You can reduce the chance of a furnace breakdown by keeping up with general furnace maintenance steps throughout the year.
Some general furnace maintenance steps that you should perform throughout the year include:
Replacing the Air Filter
This is a very easy task, that you need to do every three months or less if you suffer from allergies. Living in Oklahoma, there is a good amount of dust due to extended dry spells. The dust can clog up your air filters quickly and reduce the efficiency of your furnace. Replacing the air filters improves efficiency and helps extend the life of your furnace.
Checking the Thermostat
Replace your thermostat’s batteries at least once a year. Faulty batteries will fail to send heating instructions to your furnace. It could also cause your furnace to randomly click on and off. It is a good idea to replace the batteries when you test your smoke detectors each fall.
Cleaning the Vents
While taking apart the air ducts isn’t necessary, just make sure to clean off the exposed areas of your ventilation system. Use your vacuum to remove any dust, pet hair or other debris that may have accumulated around the vents.
Scheduling an Annual HVAC Inspection
An annual HVAC inspection by a professional can correct minor issues you wouldn’t be able to identify. It also helps spot problems that could eventually become expensive repairs. By correcting these problems now, you’ll save money both on the efficiency of your system but on future repairs as well. Schedule the HVAC inspection during the fall before putting your furnace into service for the season.
It only takes a few minutes to perform most of these furnace maintenance tips. Should you run into any problems with your furnace this season, make sure to give Airco Service, Inc. a call. The company has been serving residents throughout Oklahoma since 1961.