During freezing winter days, a furnace is one of the most important things in our homes. A well-maintained furnace delivers the expected heat output without the risk of harmful emissions and energy waste. For that reason, to make sure you stay warm and cozy in your home, you have to make sure your furnace is in good condition. But, what kind of furnace service before winter do you need?
Consider the Following Furnace Service Before Winter
1. Drainage Tube Cleaning
Some furnaces, especially propane and natural gas furnaces, produce water as they heat. However, if the drainage tube is clogged, water could fill the exhaust manifold. This could cause the flame sensor to shut down.
For that reason, keep the drainage tube clean by pouring a cup of white vinegar through it. In addition, you could blow compressed air through it. If you’re uncomfortable with this, ask the professionals at Neal’s Heating & Air to help.
2. Flame Sensor Cleaning
A dirty flame sensor can stop the furnace from working properly or entirely. So, you need to clean this once or twice a year. To do this, hold the sensor at the bottom and clean it with an emery cloth.
3. Furnace Filter Maintenance
Changing the filter of your furnace is important to ensure its high performance and longevity. On top of that, proper maintenance may help you save up to 15 percent on your energy bill.
A dirty filter can cause the following problems:
- Restricted airflow
- Reduced indoor air quality
- Ductwork clogged with debris that decreases the furnace’s lifespan
- Overworked fan motor, which consumes more energy
4. Inspect for Carbon Buildup
Chimneys often accumulate carbon buildup and require professional cleaning. Only a professional furnace inspector can properly inspect your furnace’s carbon buildup.
In addition, you need to regularly test or replace carbon monoxide detectors to protect against carbon monoxide poisoning that may result from improper ventilation.
If you lack professional knowledge, tools, and skills, handling furnace maintenance can be risky for you as well as for your unit. So we advise that you contact a reliable, licensed furnace technician who can handle the job professionally and safely.