Fall is on its way—so you’ll want to make sure you don’t get stuck with a malfunctioning furnace when you need it most! If you live in an area that sees pretty chilly days at the bookends of the year, it’s best to do your yearly furnace maintenance in late summer or early fall to get things ready ahead of time. Keep reading for tips on what to look for before the first leaf falls.
Note: Before performing maintenance on your furnace, turn off the source of fuel and the electrical connection, to take care of your appliance safely.
Clean It Out
Dust and debris can settle in filters, duct work, vents, and registers. Take a moment to go through your whole house to remove as much dirt and dust as you safely can. Be sure to change out your filters as well, as that can often be why homeowners experience problems getting heat where it needs to go. Check out our HVAC filter tutorial here for more details.
Check It Out
Now that things have been cleaned, you can get a better look at your HVAC system’s different parts. Inspect all the parts of your HVAC system you can easily see to make sure there aren’t any holes, peeling paint, rust, or cracks. This step is important because these can be a sign of carbon monoxide entering your home, which can be dangerous.
Call the Professionals
It’s important to have your furnace cleaned annually to help prevent the high cost of a dirty HVAC system, which can eat into the life expectancy of your furnace. When a concern arises that is more than routine upkeep, it may be time to call the professionals.
If your furnace develops any issues due to normal wear and tear, this can also be a great time to call America’s Preferred Home Warranty, which may be able to help with the cost of repairs. Contact us at 866.589.5518 or visit APHW.COM today for more information on how to cover your major appliances against unexpected expenses before cold weather hits.