Here in Central Ohio, your furnace works hard to keep your home cozy and warm during the cool weather days of fall and winter. However, when spring arrives, the furnace can become an afterthought until heat is needed again, which is where things can go awry. Furnaces require maintenance, just like any other major appliance, so shutting it down properly in spring can ensure your unit’s longevity and optimal functioning. Here are the steps for properly turning off and tuning up furnace units.
1. Turn the Pilot Light Off
Furnaces that operate on gas feature pilot lights that typically stay lit. However, if you go ahead and turn it completely off at the source, there’s money to be saved, and it’s also a safety measure. Find the valve to the gas line and turn the handle to a 90-degree angle on the pipe, and then check to see if the flame extinguishes.
2. Give Your Furnace a Spring Cleaning
As with cooling units, furnaces have filters either inside the vents or within the furnace itself. These should be cleaned or replaced, depending on the type you use, and these actually need attention after every four months of use to help the unit run cleanly and more efficiently. Remove any dust or debris from the unit and the vents with a soft cloth or a small vacuum.
3. Perform a Comprehensive Furnace Inspection
This is where the shutdown process can get a bit tricky for the less handy homeowner. The furnace is a complex piece of equipment and has countless moving parts that need to be checked and lubricated. Motor bearings, the heat exchanger, the combustion chamber, fans, the burner assembly and the integrity of the pilot light must all be thoroughly checked. You’ll also need to look for any signs of cracks or worn parts that might need repairing or replacing before using the unit again to prevent a winter furnace emergency.
4. Test the Carbon Monoxide Detector
One of the simplest yet most essential tasks is to make sure that your carbon monoxide detectors in the home are functional. Furnaces can develop tiny cracks over the years that can allow this toxic gas to penetrate homes even after the unit is shut down.
Contact Buckeye Heating & Cooling for Furnace Maintenance and More
Here at Buckeye Heating & Cooling, our experienced team services the greater Central Ohio area to provide top-notch, affordable heating and cooling services. While some of these tasks seem simple enough, it’s always advisable to contact an HVAC professional to inspect your system and perform routine maintenance. Contact Buckeye Heating & Cooling today at 614-294-4966 to schedule an appointment to get a free estimate. For emergencies, contact us at 614-888-HEAT to get immediate service.