7 Furnace Maintenance Tips
It’s understandable that maintenance tasks often fall by the wayside. Many Cedar Park homeowners follow the mantra “if it ain’t broke, don’t fix it.” Everyone is busy and many seemingly more important priorities tend to creep up every month to consume time and money.
However, the last thing you want to worry about when the weather turns cold is a broken furnace. Our team at Arise Services wants to help you be prepared by providing the following furnace maintenance tips.
1. Change Your Filter Regularly
This is probably the easiest and one of the most important regular maintenance items a Texas homeowner can perform. Clean filters allow air to circulate through your furnace efficiently and prolong the life of your system. Be sure to check the furnace and filter manufacturers’ recommendations on the frequency of filter changes.
This will also help improve your overall indoor air quality in your home. And, according to Angie’s List, furnace filter changes can reduce your energy bill by 5 to 15 percent as well.
2. Understand Your System and Recommended Maintenance
Although most furnaces in Texas are natural gas or propane, many other heating systems are available such as straight electric or heat pumps.
Understand what kind of system provides your home with its heat, and learn how your particular system needs to be maintained. Your heating system need regular inspections and maintenance to operate efficiently and dependably.
3. Think Safety First
If you decide to perform any other maintenance tasks beyond basic filter changes, be sure you put safety first. Consider hiring a professional to perform inspection, cleaning, maintenance, or repairs. If you want to perform basic maintenance yourself, be sure to turn off the power to your furnace to protect yourself from getting injured.
4. Use Your Senses
It’s easy to pass by your furnace every day and not notice it. Take the time to look at your overall system, especially in the fall, to see if you notice anything obviously amiss.
First, if you detect the odor of rotten eggs, call your utility company immediately. That can signify a gas leak, which can be extremely dangerous in your home.
Second, be sure the venting pipe is sitting at the correct angle and is secure. You should check to be sure all tubes are fastened as well. Listen for any unusual sounds or anything else out of the ordinary.
5. Get Tidy
Dirt and dust can hamper the performance of your furnace, so regular cleaning should be part of your annual professional maintenance. Although you can clean around your unit easily, be careful if you try to clean the inside of your furnace.
Some components are very sensitive and can become damaged if you don’t know what you are doing. You can use a soft brush to gently loosen dust before vacuuming or contact one of our Arise Services professionals to do the job expertly and efficiently.
Contact Us for Your Furnace Needs
Even if you can handle many maintenance items yourself, it’s a good idea to have one of our trained and experienced professionals come each fall to do a thorough inspection and cleaning. It keeps your system’s manufacturer’s warranty intact, as many specify professional maintenance must be performed annually.
Maintenance services are reasonably priced and much less expensive than an emergency repair. When you are ready to schedule furnace maintenance or have questions about other ways to take care of your heating system, call Arise Services at 512-267-5000 in Cedar Park, Texas, or request service online for more details.