Furnace maintenance is very important to ensure your furnace runs smoothly; luckily furnaces can typically go long periods of time without any furnace maintenance. It is recommended your furnace receive maintenance at least once a year, however, it is best to have furnace unit maintenance completed twice a year, once during the spring and again in the fall.
Your furnace is considered the most important piece of equipment in your home, especially during winter. When the fall arrives it’s best to complete furnace maintenance to ensure your furnace runs smoothly during the cold winter months.
Tips on basic fall maintenance
- Start furnace maintenance early
- Visual inspection
- Wire inspection
- Clean flame sensor
- Dust &vacuum
If at any time you are unsure of what you are doing, it is best to call in a professional. When a professional is in your home completing the fall maintenance they are then able to teach you simple tasks you can complete yourself throughout the year. It is best to book your technician early as fall is typically the busy season for furnace maintenance.
Completing a visual inspection on a regular basis allows you to know if there are any sudden changes in or around your furnace.
Other than regular annual or semi-annual furnace unit maintenance there are things that a homeowner can do to help their furnace throughout the year. Changing the air filter is the best thing you can do for your furnace on a regular basis. Typically the furnace filter is changed during the annual inspection; however it should be changed on a monthly basis.
Regularly changing your furnace filter can increase the longevity of the unit, and can save 5-15% on your monthly bills. It is also best to keep the area around your furnace clean of clutter, debris, and dust. This allows your unit to run properly and avoid any potential future issues.