Keeping your furnace cleaned and well-maintained is crucial to a warm, safe home. There are plenty of ways to provide upkeep to your furnace that you can do yourself! It’s important to emphasize caution when dealing with a furnace. You are generally dealing with flammable gas which is potentially destructive, so be cautious.
Cleaning: You should clean the area around the furnace, the fan and the blower about once a year. This removes dirt buildup that puts more stress on the furnace, which will help the furnace last longer. Either use a vacuum or a cloth to remove the dirt and be gentle to the fans.
Filters: It’s important to check and replace your furnace’s air filters periodically so the build up of dirt doesn’t cause any problems.
Gas Leaks: One of the most common causes for house fires are gas leaks. If you are an owner of a gas furnace (which most people are), staying on top of maintenance through check-ups is very important. Signs of a gas leak can be rather obvious: if you smell natural gas (which gives off a rotten eggs odor), turn off the gas valve immediately and evacuate your home. Do not turn on any lights, burners, matches, electronics, or anything that could result in a spark. A gas leak is not a DIY fix, but an emergency that requires the fire department’s attention.
If you’ve ever been without heat in the winter, you know how important having a running furnace is. It’s a good idea to bring in a professional at least once a year, particularly after summer, to take a look at your furnace and make sure there aren’t any hidden issues. Always give extra care and caution to your furnace as it’s a potential risk.
Our furnace repair specialists can also recommend whether or not it is time to replace your current system. No one looks forward to buying a new furnace, but when that time does come you can count on us for an honest opinion and expert advice. We install the top performing systems from the best brands and models of furnace equipment available today. For the best in furnace repair service, call Billy Butler Heating and Air Conditioning at 770-861-7114.