Now that summer is over and fall is underway, pretty soon you will be relying on your heating system once the cold winter months arrive in Texas. However, when it is time to use your furnace, you don’t want to discover that it is not working properly.
Before the winter season is underway, it is best to call a licensed HVAC technician in order to properly inspect your furnace and make repairs if necessary. In addition, there are a few other things that you can do yourself to ensure that your system is in working order.
The following are some helpful tips to help you prepare your furnace for the winter:
- Change your air filters. Depending on how many occupants you have in your home, you should change your furnace filters every one or three months. You can check the filter after 30 days of operation to see if it needs to be replaced.
- Ensure the burners are free of dust and debris. Dust and debris can accumulate in the summer, which is why it is important to check and clean the furnace burners before winter arrives. While you clean the burners, also check for any signs of rust or misalignment.
- Oil the furnace blower. The furnace blower is an essential component that keeps your heating system functioning properly. Check to see if it makes any unusual noises. It should be oiled once a year.
- Check to see if your thermostat is working properly. If a thermostat is not in working order, your furnace may not be working efficiently. Turn on your thermostat and see if it starts up immediately without any issues. If you have an old thermostat that needs to be controlled manually, consider updating it to a newer model, preferably programmable.
- Make sure your heating vents are uncovered. Not only are blocked vents useless, but they can also result in an overheated furnace and possible damage.
- Inspect your chimney. Look to see if any obstructions, such as bird nests and debris, are present. Any evidence of soot buildup can be a fire hazard.
- Find and seal all leaks in your home. Leaks in your home can cause the heat to escape, forcing your furnace to work harder than it should. You can buy and install weather stripping around your doors and windows to reduce drafts, or add more insulation in your attic and unfinished spaces.
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