Winter Is Coming: Your Cold Weather Furnace Tune-Up Checklist
The days are getting shorter, the nights are getting longer, and the temperature is dropping. That can only mean one thing: winter is coming.
And while we may not be able to control the weather, there are some things we can do to prepare our homes (and ourselves) for the colder months ahead. One of those things is scheduling a furnace tune-up.
Just like your car, your furnace needs regular maintenance to run efficiently and effectively. A tune-up can help identify potential problems before they become major repairs, and it can also help your furnace run more efficiently, which can save you money on your energy bills.
Fortunately, we've put together a handy checklist to help you prepare your furnace for winter. So, grab a cup of warm coffee, and let's start!
1. Check Your Air Filter
One of the most important things you can do to maintain your furnace is regularly checking and replacing your air filter. A dirty air filter will not only make your furnace work harder, but it can also lead to health problems for you and your family. We recommend checking your air filter once a month and replacing it as needed.
If you're unsure how to replace your air filter, don't worry - we can help. Just give us a call, and we'll be happy to walk you through the process.
2. Check Your Ventilation
Another important thing to do as part of your furnace tune-up is to check your home's ventilation. Poor ventilation can lead to a number of problems, including decreased furnace efficiency, increased energy bills, and even health problems.
To check your home's ventilation, ensure all of your vents are open and unobstructed. You should also check your exhaust vents to make sure they're clear of any snow or debris.
3. Schedule a Tune-Up
Just like your car, your furnace needs regular maintenance to ensure it's running efficiently. We recommend scheduling a tune-up with a qualified technician once a year.
During a tune-up, the technician will clean your furnace and make any necessary repairs - such as replacing worn-out parts. Even if everything is working properly, a tune-up can help prevent future problems - and significant costs down the road.
4. Clean Up Around Your Furnace
Keeping the area around your furnace clean and free from clutter is essential. Not only will this help prevent accidents, but it will also allow your furnace to operate more efficiently.
Be sure to vacuum or sweep up any dust or debris that has accumulated around your furnace over the course of the year.
And if you have any items stored near your furnace, be sure to move them away so that there's plenty of airflow around the unit. As a general rule of thumb, you should keep at least two feet of clearance around your furnace.
Furnace Issues You Should Never Try To Handle On Your Own
While there are some things you can do to maintain your furnace on your own, other issues should be left to the professionals. Here are a few examples:
Cracked Heat Exchanger: A cracked heat exchanger is a serious issue that should be addressed by a qualified technician immediately. If you suspect your heat exchanger is cracked, shut off your furnace and call us right away.
Carbon Monoxide Leak: Furnaces can produce carbon monoxide, which is a deadly gas. If you suspect your furnace is leaking carbon monoxide, shut it off immediately and call us.
Gas Leaks: If you smell gas near your furnace, shut off the unit and call your gas company right away. Do not try to repair a gas leak on your own - this is a job for professionals.
Pilot Light Issues: If you need help with lighting your furnace's pilot light, don't try to fix it on your own. This is a delicate process that should be handled by a qualified technician.
Schedule Your Winter Furnace Check Up with The AC Guy
Your furnace is one of those things you don't think about until there's a problem. But by doing some basic maintenance, you can help prevent problems before they start - and keep your family warm all winter long.
If it's been a few winters since your furnace was serviced, now is the perfect time to schedule a tune-up with The AC Guy. Our qualified technicians will clean your furnace and make any necessary repairs, so you can rest assured your unit is ready to take on the winter. Contact us today to learn more about our furnace maintenance services or to schedule a service call.