Wednesday, July 2, 2014

Keep the Fires Burning with Furnace Maintenance

Chilly days and nights are not exactly how you would want to spend your time at home. To avoid such discomfort, you’ll need to pay attention to your furnace. Here are a few tips to ensure that your home gets the most out of its heating system.

  • Dirt is the Enemy. A clean furnace is an efficient furnace. Dirt can increase the amount of fuel a furnace consumes, as well as lowers its capability to adequately generate heat. The first part that needs maintenance is the filter, which is why it needs to be cleaned at least a month before heavy use, and you’ll have to maintain a monthly cleanup schedule during its usage. Next, the blower and the motor have to be checked.
  • Lubrication. A furnace’s motor has a lot of moving parts. It is possible for such parts to develop problems like rusting or friction damage. This is why they need lubrication. Most of the time, furnace makers seal them up and have them permanently lubricated. However, for others, they’ll need to be lubricated. Regularly put some lubricant on these mechanical parts to ensure their smooth operation.
  • Check for Leaks. Furnaces need fuel, so they are usually hooked up to gas lines. Take a look at your furnace’s pipes to see if they have developed any leaks to make sure that no gas is wasted or is dangerously escaping to your home.


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