Prevent a Furnace Disaster This Winter Season
On a cold winter night, the last thing anyone wants to be facing is a furnace that won’t work. Not only will it lead to a very cold night inside, but it will also require a service call to a technician in the middle of the night.
Unfortunately, the vast majority of people don’t think about servicing their furnaces until they notice the furnace is malfunctioning.
To make sure your furnace is working well and won’t break down at an inconvenient time, here are some tips to follow.
Clean the Humidifier
While not a part of all furnaces, the humidifier is nevertheless an important part of the ones on which it is contained. To make sure the humidifier on the furnace is in great shape, a technician can inspect it and test it to see if it needs repairs.
Once it’s running properly, the humidifier can help keep the air in a home moist and made to feel warmer, which can be very helpful in dry weather climates.
Inspect and Clean Ductwork
If the ductwork has any damage or is filled with dirt and dust, the heat from the furnace will not be able to circulate efficiently.
Therefore, it’s important to have a qualified service technician inspect the ductwork for any damage or collection of dust or dirt. If any of this is found, the ductwork can be repaired and then vacuumed out to let the heat circulate freely throughout the ductwork.
In older homes, ductwork is often found to have come loose or developed cracks or other holes that can also keep it from being as efficient as possible. Rather than try to clean or repair ductwork yourself, it’s best to let a service technician do these jobs in order to ensure all repairs are done correctly.
Inspect the Chimney
By opening the furnace access door, the chimney can be inspected for any soot that has accumulated. If there is a large buildup of soot inside the chimney, the furnace should not be used until the chimney is cleaned.
A service technician can often do the job, but sometimes a chimney sweep may need to be called if the soot accumulation is large.
Nevertheless, once this is done the furnace can be used safely without running the risk of starting a chimney fire. Once again, this is a problem that is more common in older homes than newer ones.
Don’t suffer from a furnace disaster in your Ft. Smith, AR home this season. Call Mountain Air Cooling & Heating at (479) 668-0062 and get assistance now.