Sometimes summer can seem like it is much too short, and as it comes to an end in the Cleveland area, now is the time to start planning for the arrival of cooler weather and the return of heating season. It’s never too early to schedule your fall furnace maintenance appointment, and by doing it now, you will avoid your contractor’s busy period right before winter. Keeping up with your furnace maintenance can keep your utility bills lower, prolong the life of your furnace, and help keep your family safe. During the appointment, your contractor should perform the following steps:
Furnace Maintenance Checklist:
- Check the Air Filter: Make sure the air filter is not clogged or excessively dirty. Replace or clean the filter if necessary, and get in the habit of inspecting it monthly.
- Clean the Blower Fan: Remove all dust from the air intake and the blower fan. Use a stiff brush to remove stubborn dirt from the fan blades.
- Check Pulley Alignment: Make sure the pulleys are properly aligned between the blower fan and the blower motor, and lubricate the pulleys, if possible.
- Inspect the Belt: Make sure there are no cracks, missing pieces or other damage on the belt. Adjust the pulleys, if necessary, to tighten the belt.
- Check the Blower Motor: Make sure the motor is operating at the proper amperage and lubricate the bearings, if possible.
- Clean the Burners: Remove all dust and soot from the surface of the burners, and inspect them for problems. Turn on the furnace, and make sure the flame is adjusted properly and that it’s the correct color. Measure the carbon monoxide levels.
- Inspect the Heat Exchanger: Make sure there are no cracks or pin holes in the surface of the heat exchanger, which would allow combustion gases, including carbon monoxide, to spread in the home.
- Adjust the Pilot Light: Adjust the flame height of the pilot light, if equipped, and make sure the thermocouple is operational and positioned properly. Newer models use electronic ignition rather than a pilot light.
For more information about professional furnace maintenance, or to schedule an appointment, contact our HVAC professionals at Geisel Heating, Air Conditioning & Plumbing, serving the Greater Cleveland area.
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