Despite our best efforts, summer is making way for fall, which makes way for colder weather and the need for your furnace. With that, we recommend taking the time now to test your furnace and get it ready for the winter. If anything we suggest feels like it might be too much for you to take on yourself, give us a call. It’s better to have it done now, because there are few feelings worse than your furnace not starting on a cold morning.
- Sweep or vacuum dust from around the furnace and registers so that air can flow freely;
- Remove the bolts securing the blower, and gently lift it out;
- Use a small brush and vacuum to clean the blower blades properly;
- Remove the lower door and vacuum the blower compartment.
- Disposable filters are very inexpensive, while high-efficiency filters can limit airflow, and put a strain on the blower motor. Netco recommends using disposable filters;
- Open the filter access and remove the filter;
- Check the filter size and type and note this on or near the furnace in permanent marker;
- Change the filter every three months if you use a pleated or polyester filter;
- If using a fiberglass filter, change it monthly;
- If you smoke inside, or have pets, change your filter monthly regardless of the filter type;
- Place the old filter in the trash, not recycle;
- Install the new filter;
- Close the filter access, using the clasps to ensure it remains shut.
- Check the drive belt leading to the blower for any cracks or frayed edges;
- Check the vents for rust and leaky water;
- Keep an eye out for loose panels. These can raise your heating bill, or cause your furnace to shut down;
- Check the electronic thermostat to see if the batteries need to be changed.
While the list is long, it is crucial that these steps be taken every autumn to ensure that your furnace remains in working condition. If you need help, please reach out to us and we can ensure that your family remain warm throughout our east coast winter.