The Importance of Furnace Maintenance
A furnace is like a car in that it needs regular maintenance to ensure it runs smoothly and doesn't break down. Unlike a car, however, most people think regular furnace maintenance is optional. But the truth is, proper furnace maintenance is essential if you want your system to remain in good working condition for years to come. While this may seem daunting, it doesn't have to be. Our goal is to provide an overview of what needs to be maintained annually and why.
Elements of a Furnace That Require Regular Maintenance
Regular Filter Changes
Along with changing your air filters inside your home, the most important part of furnace maintenance is changing its filter. Most filters need to be changed every three months but check with your manufacturer for specifics on your system. A dirty filter can cause your system to overheat, leading to equipment failure and costly repairs. Additionally, dirty air filters can reduce air quality in your home, resulting in health issues for you and your family.
Another critical component of furnace maintenance is heating elements. This includes the burners, coils, and other components that create heat within the system. If these elements aren't properly maintained, they can corrode over time due to dust buildup or hard water deposits from a humidifier or boiler system in the home. These elements must be cleaned regularly, so they don't malfunction or cause other parts of the system to fail. To keep them clean, use a soft-bristled brush (like an old toothbrush) to gently scrub away any grime or dirt buildup from the heating elements at least once a year.
Check Your Manufacturer’s Warranty
Make sure you understand any warranty that may come with your furnace to know what needs to be done for the warranty to remain valid. Many warranties require regular maintenance for them to be upheld. The warranty could become null and void if regular maintenance isn't done! Make sure you are up-to-date on all required maintenance before calling the manufacturer for service or repairs because it could save you some serious cash down the line!