Furnace Maintenance Tips

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Before you call the furnace repair specialist, here are ideas to keep your heater operating good this winter. Here are some heater tips to understand and care for your heater. Here you will discover how check your furnace, how to turn it on and what to do if it won’t light.
Here’s how to turn on your heater:.
Check the breaker that regulates your central heater. Turn it on.
Look for the heater switch. Usually it’s near the heater. Turn it on.
Set your thermostat, switch the heater to heat, turn up the temperature level and the heater ought to be going!
How to change your furnace filter.
The furnace filter takes the dust out of the air that your heater is moving. After a while, it’s collected as much dirt as it can without slowing up the airflow in your air system. That’s the time to change the filter. Change it yearly, in the fall, or more often, as needed. Filters are cheap and only take a few minutes to swap out.
Open the heater or filter door, Sometimes you have to look around a little to find it. It will be in the ductwork that returns air to your furnace.
Slide the old filter out. You can tell if it needs replacing if you see it covered with dust. You ought to be able to see through the filter. If you can’t, change it. Actually, filters are cheap enough, change it anyway.
Slide in the fresh filter. Write the date on the visible end of the filter.
Shut the door.
How to test your Furnace’s airflow.
Do you have a cold space in your house? Perhaps you are wondering if the heater is pumping air at all? Here’s an easy way to check.
Turn off your furnace at the thermostat. Take a common sized plastic garbage bag and tape it around a heat register. Turn on the heater. Time how many seconds it takes to fill up the bag.
Seconds: 2 = 75 CFM (cubic feet/minute).
Seconds: 4 = 40 CFM.
Seconds: 10 = 20 CFM.
If your system is pumping below 10 CFM, then you should get the system checked out. (See below).
What to do if your central heater won’t start up.
OK, the house is cold, no air is being pumped. The furnace is quiet. You do not like to call the service guy and have it be something you could have fixed yourself. What to do?
Check out the furnace switch, Is it on?
Is the thermostat set properly? Is it switched to heat? Is the temperature level set high enough?
If the thermostat has batteries, are they fresh?
Is the venting for the heating system blocked by snow or ice? (See below).
Is the circuit breaker in the breaker box switched on?
Is the furnace door correctly closed?
Do you have to change the furnace filter?
If none of these are the problem, call your heater repair technician and they should be able to diagnose and fix the problem.
How to remove vent blockages.
If you think the heater vent is plugged with ice or snow, here’s what you should try.
Shut off the furnace at the heater switch or at the breaker box. Them go unblock the obstruction, when done switch the heater back on.
What to do if your heater isn’t blowing air?
If your heater isn’t moving air and you’ve checked all of these, you may have a burnt out ventilator motor. Call the service technician and get them to take a look.
Do you smell gas?
Gas smells a bit like rotten eggs. It can explode or it can asphyxiate you. If you smell gas, don’t flip any switches. Open your windows and go to a neighbours to call the gas company, and/or the fire department or your furnace repair technician, immediately. Don’t stay in a home that is leaking gas.
The best ways to save cash on your heat bill!
If your furnace is old, think about changing it. New furnaces are so much more efficient than old hardware, you will make back the cost of the heating system, eventually, in your gas savings.
Does your home leak air?
A major loss of heat is around doors and windows. Seal up the cracks to save on your heat bill. A lot of gas companies have subsidized programs that will seal up your house for you. Otherwise do it yourself.  There’s other good hoem heating articles here: airconditioningrepairbuffalo.com/