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Furnace Maintenance

10/14/2021 (Permalink)

Close-up shot of furnace burners in action Routine care can save your furnace from unnecessary strain and potential breakdowns

With the fall weather quickly approaching, the best time to clean and maintain your furnace is now instead of waiting until you need heat. Routine care can save your furnace from unnecessary strain and potential breakdowns. Here are 5 inspection tips to keep your furnace running smoothly:

  1. Shut off your system: we know this seems obvious, but it is crucial that you shut off the power and fuel supply from the furnace before any work is done.  Record the location of the shut-off valve and the circuit breaker in case of an emergency. 
  2. Vacuum and clean: clean the burner and blower cavities of your furnace (also the blower itself) along with the combustion chamber and remove as much debris as possible. This debris can affect performance and material left in the combustion chamber can cause corrosion. 
  3. Inspect flue pipe: check for any dents and/or punctures and repair with foil tape. Any corroded areas should be replaced. 
  4. Change your air filter: Changing your air filter routinely is important to ensure a well-operating furnace and clean air in your house. During the winter season, make sure you are replacing it often. If you are planning on having your ductwork cleaned by your friends at SERVPRO of Jackson & Ross, Athens & Gallia Counties, be sure to have it done prior to replacing your filters. Duct cleaning blows out all excess dust and debris from your vents and a good amount will cling to the air filter in the process. 
  5. Clean your vents:  If you do not plan to have SERVPRO professionally clean and sanitize your ductwork, it is still necessary to have clean vents. Take a vacuum hose and remove as much dust, pet hair, etc. from your vents. 

Hopefully, these tips allow for this fall’s furnace inspection to go by smoothly and make for a warm clean home this winter. If you have any questions or require our professionals to make duct cleaning a breeze, feel free to call SERVPRO of Jackson & Ross, Athens & Gallia Counties anytime at (740) 286-2550!

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