What to Do Before Turning on Your Furnace

Autumn’s here, and temperatures are plunging. Soon, it will be time for you to switch to your furnace again. Your heater has been sitting idle for many months, though, so you should follow a few steps before you turn it back on. Scheduling preventative furnace maintenance with a qualified HVAC technician can help you make sure that your furnace will run safely and efficiently throughout the winter months.

 

Inspect Your Furnace

 

Your furnace needs to be inspected. You’re checking to see that your furnace is free of any dust or soot. Remove any potentially combustible items such as newspapers, rags or mops that may have accumulated in the vicinity of your furnace. Check your air filter. If it’s clogged, then it will need to be replaced. Examine the blower belt. If it shows any signs of cracking or fraying, then it’s a good idea to get a new one.

 

Inspect Your Ducts and Exhaust Vents

 

The air ducts that carry heat from your furnace are typically found in crawlspaces and attics. They should be checked to make sure connections are intact before you turn your furnace back on. The ducts that supply warm air to rooms that are farthest from your furnace may need to be vacuumed out. Whether your furnace discharges through an exhaust vent or a chimney, that passageway needs to be clear of all obstructions.

 

Test Your Safety Equipment

 

Safety equipment like smoke and carbon monoxide detectors are also an important part of your heating system. Make sure they are functioning properly. It’s a good idea to replace all the batteries.

 

Dependable Furnace Maintenance

 

Gunthers Heating, Cooling and Plumbing has been offering high-quality preventative furnace maintenance services to residential and commercial clients throughout American Fork, UT since 1960. Our technicians are highly skilled at heating and cooling system repairs, maintenance and installations. We can also provide solutions to all your plumbing needs. Learn more about our services and our commitment to customer satisfaction by contacting us today.

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