Few inconveniences are more miserable than having your heat go out in the dead of winter. Fortunately, heating units are designed to be relatively easy to maintain. Taking care of routine maintenance yourself or calling a furnace repair professional can spare you the misery of waking up to a freezing house next winter.
Your furnace will work best when it is properly maintained. Most of the maintenance work involves making sure that your system if clean and free of dirt. In fact, dirt is the most prevalent cause in the majority of common system problems. A dirty unit can cause the furnace to turn off and on too frequently or to not produce enough heat. Cleaning the filter system, the blower, and the motor can prevent these problems from occurring. Replace the filter at the start of each winter and change it every month when the system is in continuous use. The blower and motor can be cleaned with a vacuum cleaner.
In addition to cleaning your system, contact a furnace repair professional at the end of each heating season to inspect the system. He will be able to note additional needed repairs or maintenance. During this time of the year, wait times for a technician to come to your home will be much shorter. You might also be able to take advantage of an off-season rate. Additionally, your technician can point out any potential problems that need to be addressed before the next winter.
Even if you do encounter a problem with your unit, the solution may be obvious. If the unit is not powering on, make sure that the thermostat is properly set and try raising the temperature setting five degrees. If that does not work, check to make sure that the unit is receiving power. First, make sure that the power switch is turned on. Then, look for a blown fuse or tripped circuit breaker on your electric panel. The solution may be as simple as replacing a blown fuse. Alternatively, you might need to reset the unit. Give the motor 30 minutes to cool. Then, press the reset button. If the unit does not start, wait another 30 minutes and try resetting it one more time. If these simple solutions do not solve your problem, your unit may be in need of repair.
Finally, any furnace repair or maintenance should be done safely. Make sure that the power to the system is shut off before you get started. Trip the circuit breaker or remove the fuse that controls power to the unit at your main breaker. Alternatively, you can trip the circuit or remove the fuse at the unit’s separate power entrance, if it has one. If your unit uses gas and you smell gas in your home, leave your house immediately without turning the lights on or off.
Furnace repair and maintenance is vital to your comfort during the winter. Make sure that your system can work as efficiently as possible by cleaning it and tending to any problems before heating season begins.