Furnace Repair & Maintenance Tips For The Fall
As summer approaches, temperatures begin to rise. There is a span of several months before the normal temperatures resume. For most homeowners, the furnace becomes less operational or not operational at all during the warmer months of the year. But exactly how should wise homeowners handle their gas or electric furnaces during this period when they’re least operational? To keep the heating system in good condition and ready for the next cold season, the furnace needs to be inspected for faults and determine if it needs repair or even replacement. It needs to be well maintained during this period. Below are some pointers for your inspiration on furnace repair and maintenance tips for summer.
TIP #1 Turning the Furnace Off
Turning the furnace off is a simple activity. If yours is a combined heating and cooling system, the first step is to make sure that the thermostat is set to cool so that it can activate the AC and not the furnace. This would effectively regulate the temperature in the house. Different furnaces are turned off differently. The electric furnace, for instance, is simply switched off from the power supply while in the case of a gas-powered furnace; the gas intake is turned off at the appliance. However, if any complications arise, it is advisable that an HVAC technician is called.
TIP #2 Cleaning Your Furnace
Cleaning the furnace system should be a regular activity for every homeowner. This is important, especially when transitioning from one season to another. During summer, the furnace system should be cleaned off the layers of debris and dust on both the inside and outside of the furnace’s components. If the debris is not cleaned, the furnace system will not work smoothly and may end up succumbing to operational stress that could also spike up your utility bills the next heating season. Thorough cleaning can be done by a professional HVAC contractor, which is also a sure way of ensuring safety during and after the cleaning process.
TIP #3 Change the Filters
Filters should be changed at least every six months or even less depending on the quality of the filters. Dirty filters will cause the system to work inefficiently, below its peak level. It also causes uneven heat distribution within the house and can lead to premature failure. Nevertheless, replacing the filters will make the furnace work smoothly and even save on the use of resources such as electric bill. During summer, inspect your furnace air filters to determine whether they need cleaning or replacement.
TIP #4 Electrical Checks
Once in a while, a homeowner should check on the electrical parts of the furnace system. Summer is a good time to check on such issues. The homeowner does not need to be an electric specialist to view the electrical connections. A visual check will help in identifying the areas that need repair such as, a disconnected or loose wire. A technician should be called upon to do a thorough check and do all the repairs needed for the furnace to work efficiently.
TIP #5 Professional Checks
Not every homeowner has the qualification to maintain their furnace system. During summer when the furnace system is not working, a certified professional should inspect the system and recommend the repairs and replacements to be done. Just like it is with furnace installation, some maintenance checks should be done by licensed, insured, and experienced HVAC professionals.
Conclusively, it is important to every homeowner to ensure proper maintenance of their furnace system during summer in preparation for colder months during the winter. With the above in mind and practice, your furnace will smoothly transition the seasons in top form, ensuring you of the comfort you deserve when the cold season comes calling.