Over the winter, your furnace goes to bat for your family, keeping you warm and comfortable even when the temperatures drop. It’s easy to forget about it as it does its job, until the moment that it breaks down. One way to prevent a breakdown is to pay attention to maintenance. Here are some things you can do to keep your furnace functional through proper maintenance.
Take a Peek at the Pilot Light
You already know that the pilot light being out is a problem, because without it the furnace won’t function, but if it’s functioning you should still check the pilot light. The pilot light’s color can be a good indicator of the health of the furnace. If the flame is running any other color than blue, then the system may be producing too much carbon monoxide, which puts your health at risk.
Check and Replace the Air Filter
Take the air filter out of the furnace and check its condition. If it’s been a few months since you replaced it, then go ahead and do so. If it looks fairly clean, then you can simply replace it. Plan to replace the air filter monthly to keep your system working as efficiently as possible.
Clean It Up
Keep the furnace clean to prevent damage and unnecessary breakdowns. Clean the outside of the furnace as well as the blower assembly, which can collect dirt as it sends dirty air into the air filter. Typically all you need to do is wipe down these areas to clean them.
Schedule Regular Tune-ups
Don’t neglect an annual service check for your furnace. Doing so could lead to costly repairs. Your annual maintenance check gives an HVAC technician the chance to take a closer look at your system to determine if there are any problems that need to be addressed to keep it up and running well. This checkup will also help to maximize efficiency, because the technician will check for leaks and blockages that you might not be able to detect.
As you can see, furnace maintenance does not have to take much time or effort, but you do have to think about and remember to do it. With a little bit of work and forethought, you can have a fully functional furnace all through the winter with less risk of a breakdown.