Your gas furnace needs to do you justice and serve you several years before you think about replacement or repair. However they will not take care of themselves unless you begin maintaining them and checking up on them frequently. If it is dirty, you as the user are supposed to know when to clean it .Taking into concern your furnace is the only way to avoid spending on it each and every season.
If have been buying a new furnace each season, its time you stopped. The following tips on maintenance will help your gas furnace remain in good condition for more years:
Ensure you are working under safe conditions
Gas appliances can strike anytime, ensure you exercise safety measures .Before you begin cleaning and checking your gas furnace and turn it off. Ensure the power system and any circuits connecting to the furnace are off. Check for gas leaks before you begin cleaning. Gas leaks can be very dangerous and can cause fatal accidents. If there are leaks, request a professional to fix the problem. Stay far away from the gas until it is fixed. Once everything is perfect, proceed with your cleaning.
Clean and replace the filter system
The filter system is one major part of a gas furnace because it prevents dirt from entering the furnace. It is recommended that every gas furnace owner replace or clean the filter continuously depending on the use. This is because it filters and traps dust, dirt and other debris. Check the filter and see if it has accumulated lots of dirt. If it is completely clogged, consider doing a replacement. They are sold at an extremely affordable price. Change the air filter and prevent your gas furnace from malfunctioning.
Check the thermostat
Are you setting your thermostat but still feel uncomfortable around the room? If yes, know that there is a problem with your thermostat especially if it has been working for many years. Chances are your thermostat has stopped working and needs to be replaced. Check the thermostat and ensure it’s in proper condition and replace it when need be.
Clean the blower
When cleaning the filter system, the blower assembly should be next on line. The blower is located right after the air filter. The little dust, dirt and debris that penetrates through the air filter goes to the blower. You will have to clean the blower, pulleys and belts in order to remove the accumulated dirt. Remove the panels that cover the filter to access the blower assembly. Use a damp cloth while cleaning the blower.
Clean or repair furnace ducts
Furnace ducts are prone to damages especially when using a forced-air furnace. In such a case, one is required to clean ducts frequently using a high-powered vacuum cleaner. Once you have finished, cover all ducts to prevent air from leaking into the furnace.
Clean the vents
Gas furnaces are hooked with a venting system. This ventilation at some point can block due to large amounts of dust and debris. Blocked ventilation is dangerous and can cause lots of hazards to the users. Using a large brush, clean all the vents .begin by removing the vent cover and clean the inside using the vacuum cleaner.
To avoid experiencing problems with your gas furnace, a thorough inspection will be helpful. Inspection done by professionals will save you all the costs to spend on repairing parts of the gas furnace. Besides a general inspection, its fan components should also be checked. An inspection will reveal whether there are dust and other components on it. Make it a routine to take your gas furnace for a thorough inspection yearly.
Cleaning and maintaining a gas furnace is not much of a task or challenge. It is also not very expensive to maintain a gas furnace. You will encounter fewer expenses and perhaps never have to buy another gas furnace. Do not let dirt and debris prevent you from cleaning your gas furnace. You have no reason to request a professional anytime you experience problems with your furnace. Ensure you play it safe. Get the most out of your gas furnace by adhering to the above maintenance tips.
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