Have you taken the time to properly prepare your furnace for the coming winter? Our heating system is one of the most overlooked and under-appreciated items in our home. We only realize the importance of our furnace when it fails to function properly. There are a number of things that need to be considered when preparing your furnace for winter.

  • Does my filter need replaced?
  • In what condition is my ignitor?
  • Are my vents cleaned or filled with dust and dirt?
  • How is my control board?
  • Does my thermostat need inspected?
  • Are the burners and stack working properly?
  • Is there any leak in my natural gas line?

These questions should be addressed before your furnace shows signs of distress. Proper maintenance can help to alleviate a late night furnace breakdown. It can also assist in saving you money in the long run.

One of the best decisions a homeowner can make is to have their furnace inspected on a yearly basis. A heating professional can take time to inspect the safety of your unit, as well as its functionality.

Safety

Most furnaces are natural gas fed combustion units. They require a gas feed that is ignited and blown into the duct work. When a furnaces gas feed is compromised, the safety of the entire household is at risk. Improper installation or a gas leak can be the culprit. In any event, a skilled furnace professional can inspect your unit and make sure that the gas feed is safe and the carbon monoxide detector is working. This is the most important aspect of a functioning heating unit. Whenever dealing with gas lines and the interior workings of a furnace unit, a trained professional should be involved.

Functionality

Many things can cause a furnace to break down. A pre-winter inspection can greatly reduce the chances of having an issue mid-winter. A heating specialist will make sure that all of the components of the unit are workable and be able to detect if certain parts are likely to fail in the near future. They can also provide vital cleaning services such as filter replacement and duct work cleaning. Filters should be replaced, at minimum, on a seasonal basis. This ensures that the unit will receive the proper amount of airflow in order to work most efficiently. A furnace with restricted airflow will not run at full capacity and can cause numerous problems.

Having your duct work cleaned is another important aspect of furnace maintenance. Many furnaces have built in hypoallergenic and dust reducing systems. However, these systems must also be maintained in order to provide the highest level of dust elimination. Once dust and dirt collect in the ducts, they begin to be distributed throughout your home. Having your ducts professionally cleaned will greatly reduce this problem and allow for a better functioning heating system.

The importance of furnace repair and maintenance cannot be overlooked. When a unit is not inspected on a continuous basis, it can become a safety risk and the odds of a malfunction increase dramatically. Take time to prepare for winter. Call an experienced local heating professional and have them take a look at your heating system. It’s better to call them now then to call them in an emergency.