It's getting colder, and before you know it, it will be time to huddle around the fireplace and sip some hot tea. The last thing you want is to find out, with the temperature below freezing outside, that your furnace doesn't work. It's important to prepare your furnace for the winter, so here are some furnace maintenance tips.
Change the Filters
You should replace your old filters before you use the furnace again. It's also a good time to stock up on filters for the winter, as it is recommended that filters be replaced every three months when the furnace is in use.
Clear the Chimney
Make sure that no tree branches, leaves, bird nests, or other debris are blocking the chimney.
Clean the Burner
When not in use, the burners can get filled with dust and may even become rusty. Make sure that they are clean and ready to be used.
Oil the Motor
You may want to oil the motor, or furnace blower, before you turn it on. This will help it run more smoothly.
Unblock Your Heating Vents
It's common practice to position furniture in a way that's blocking the furnace vents during the summer months. However, you must remember to move away any such furniture when the winter comes around. Blocked vents can cause your furnace to overheat.
Schedule an Inspection
If you really want to be sure that everything is safe and ready to use, it's a good idea to call a professional. A professional will know what to look for, be able to spot potential problems such as cracks, and clean your furnace.
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