There are several home maintenance tasks the average homeowner must complete annually. If you live in a wintry climate, there’s a good chance you’ll have to clean, inspect, and repair your gutters and downspouts between the fall and winter season. And every homeowner should get up top to check out the state of the roof at least once a year, especially if winter storms are a common occurrence. Of course, you also need to make sure your furnace is in ship shape and ready to heat your home when the outdoor temperature plummets. After all, you don’t want to find yourself without heat when the weather outside is icy cold. So here are just a few fall furnace maintenance tips that the average homeowner should not only be aware of, but attend to annually.
The first thing you should know is that there are all kinds of resources available to you if you need help with furnace maintenance. You can use your owner’s manual to figure out what all of the parts in your furnace are and what they do. And there is no shortage of online information, including guides and tutorials, that can tell you how to clean and inspect your unit to make sure that everything is working as it should. You can even call the manufacturer for information as needed. And it definitely helps to know what you can do on your own and what is best left to professionals, something that most conscientious tutorials provide for the sake of safety.
Generally speaking, there are two main tasks that average homeowners can tackle on their own when it comes to furnace maintenance. The first is changing the filter and this is something that you should absolutely learn to do on your own. The reason every homeowner should know how to change a filter is that they can become fouled in between visits from an HVAC technician and you don’t want to have to pay for multiple visits annually from this pricy professional. Plus, changing the filter is generally easy enough that a child could do it. All you have to do is ask your service provider to show you where it is and how to remove and replace it. Your HVAC technician should also be able to show you where the serial number or other data is printed on the filter so that you can order new ones as needed. You can always take it to your local hardware store of HVAC outlet, however, if you’re not sure.
In addition, you should be able to perform basic cleaning of your unit. Wiping down the outside is easy enough, but you should also learn how to remove the outer casing so that you can take a look inside and clean out any dirt, dust, and debris that might cause problems with your furnace. As a side note, it is essential to turn off the unit (including gas components) before cleaning. And you should probably avoid getting near the burner or pilot assembly, as well, since mistakes here can lead to dangerous consequences when you re-light your pilot. Of course, there are fall furnace maintenance tasks that are best left to the pros at Atlas Heating and Air Service or other professional providers in your area. If you’re at all uncertain about your ability to perform basic maintenance on your furnace, always call in a professional to ensure safety and the ongoing operation of your unit.