Remember Furnace Maintenance to Avoid Heating Downtime
While you’re snuggling up on the couch for a holiday movie this winter, your furnace is working overtime to keep your home comfortable and cozy. As a homeowner, there are a few easy steps you can take to avoid costly furnace repairs or malfunctions during heating season.
Replace your filter
During the winter, change your furnace’s filter once a month. If dirt and dust clog the filter, your furnace will strain to heat your home—using more energy than necessary. Replacing your filter regularly can also extend the life of your furnace and improve the air quality in your home.
Visually inspect your furnace
Take visual stock of your furnace. Black soot or combustion residue is a sign of a malfunction. Check the color of the flame in the burner—it should be steady and blue.
Minimize fire risk
Make it habit to regularly check the area surrounding your furnace. Remove any flammable materials or liquids. Clear the floor is of any paper or wood scraps.
Know when to call a professional
Although we can take precautions in your home to avoid furnace repair, not all furnace maintenance tasks can be accomplished without a skilled professional. You need to call a professional HVAC contractor if:
- Your carbon monoxide detector indicates a buildup of carbon monoxide. Shut down the furnace immediately and call a professional.
- You notice metallic or electrical burning smells. Shut the furnace off immediately, unplug it, and call a HVAC contractor. These smells can indicate that something inside of the furnace is overheating or burning. A professional needs to make this repair.
Stack Heating, Cooling & Electric has been serving the greater Cleveland area since 1976. We value our customer relationships and look forward to working with you! Give us a call today to schedule your appointment with a professional local electrician or HVAC contractor.