Now that fall weather is starting to show up, home furnaces are about to get a lengthy run. But for many homeowners, it’s been a while since the furnace was turned on and used. Is your furnace still up to the task? Does it need any maintenance work before it’s ready to operate safely? If you haven’t checked up on the furnace yet, here’s a quick list of things you can do to make sure your heating is ready for the colder weather.
Clean Up Around the Furnace
If it’s been a while since you’ve used the furnace, check on the unit carefully. Often, basement or garage units may have become crowded with debris, supplies, and boxes from summer activities. You don’t want anything around the furnace because of the fire hazard. Clear everything away, and clean up any dirt or dust that’s near the furnace unit. If you have a heat pump, give the outdoor unit a check to make sure no debris is blocking it.
Replace Air Filters
Ideally, you should be replacing your air filters every several months. Sometimes it can be hard for a homeowner to remember, but you should at least replace your air filter for the HVAC system in the fall. During winter, a poor filter will force the system to circulate the same dust and allergens throughout the house over and over. Since homes stay sealed during the winter, there’s no new air coming in to help clean out any accumulated dust so that the issue can get worse over time. Now is the perfect time to replace your filter. Remember to carefully check the dimensions and which way the filter is facing! If you aren’t sure how to replace it, Buckeye Heating & Cooling can take care of the job for you in short order.
Check the Exhaust System
If your furnace uses fuel, make sure the exhaust system is clean and nothing is blocking it – you want clear passage for any fumes that need to escape, and you should avoid all possibilities of a fire hazard. Watch for danger signs like sooty buildup or burn marks that indicate the furnace isn’t operating as cleanly as it should, either.
Run a Trial Warm-Up and Listen for Problems
Light up your pilot light (if necessary) and give your furnace a trial run for an hour or two if you haven’t already set up a schedule. Listen to the furnace carefully. If it’s making any strange rumbling, knocking, or booming noises, it’s time to turn it off and get a full inspection.
Arrange for a Fall Inspection
Speaking of an inspection, Buckeye Heating & Cooling offers complete fall inspections for furnace systems to make sure everything is working properly. If you aren’t really sure what to look for, arrange for one of our professional inspections and keep your peace of mind.
Do you want to learn more about the available heating and cooling solutions for your home? Contact us today to learn more or schedule a fall inspection of your own!