If you are like most people, you probably don’t give your furnace a lot of thought until the weather cools and you need to turn it on for the season. But that is no time to discover that you have problems that require repairs. Preparing your furnace for the tough job of keeping you warm and comfy before a big storm arrives means you will be safe and secure inside while the storm rages outside. Follow these tips for getting your furnace and home ready for winter storms.
Replace an Aging Furnace
Check the lifespan on your furnace and replace it before winter arrives if it is aging or show signs that it has outlived its lifespan. Here’s what to keep an eye on:
- Age: Furnaces typically last for 15 to 20 years if they have received regular maintenance on a yearly basis. If your furnace has not been regularly serviced or is nearing the 15 to 20-year mark, consider replacing it.
- Frequent Repairs: If you have noticed your furnace requires more frequent repairs in the past few years, take that as a sign that it may be nearing the end of its life.
- Strange Noises: If your furnace wheezes, rattles and squeals when it is running full time, this may be a sign that it’s ready to bite the dust. You’ll want your HVAC contractor to check it, of course, but as a general rule if your furnace is beginning to sound labored and out of breath, it’s probably suffering from old age and is ready to be put to rest.
Change the Air Filters
Your furnace needs fresh air to operate smoothly. When the filters get clogged with dust and pet hair, it can have difficulty getting the air it needs. But you can solve this problem on your own. Vacuum and dust the vents frequently and change the air filter. This is a simple task you can do on your own, but we’d be glad to do it for you if you prefer a professional’s touch.
Check the Thermostat
Your thermostat controls when your furnace turns on and off and can wreak havoc with your heating if it’s not functioning properly. Set the thermostat and monitor the temperature in the room. Check that it triggers the furnace to turn off and on at the appropriate time and that it maintains the temperature you have set for the room.
Scheduling your annual inspection and cleaning for the fall before the heating season begins ensures that your furnace is performing as it should. Your HVAC contractor has the experience and expertise to spot and correct potential problems before they turn into major ones.
If you need help with any of these tasks or need a furnace tune-up, contact us today. We can help you prepare your furnace and home for winter storms so you will be warm and comfy inside. We provide free estimates on all heating and cooling replacements.