With winter approaching, it is more important than ever that your furnace is working properly. Over the years, your furnace might become less efficient because of reduced airflow. As a result, you may find yourself turning your thermostat higher and getting larger energy and heating bills. At the same time, running your furnace at a higher level will wear it out faster. So, repairing your furnace and making sure it is running as effectively as possible will save you money, prolong the life of your furnace and make your home more comfortable. There are many furnace repairs that you can even do on your own. This article will take you through two basic maintenance checks that might end up solving your furnace problems.
Clean the Filter Vent
In order for the furnace to circulate hot air into the duct system, it needs to dispel some air through the vents. The furnace vent is a small pipe that ends on the outside of your house. So, if your furnace is in a garage or utility room, try to follow the pipe outside to where it ends. The register on the end of the pipe is very susceptible to clogging. The outside can get clogged by dirt and leaves blowing in the wind, while the inside can get blocked by debris form the furnace. Take the register off of the pipe and clean both sides. Use a flashlight to look as far into the pipe as possible and see if there are any more blockages.
Clean the Furnace Fan
The fan that circulates the heated air into the duct system can also get dirty, affecting its operation. You can easily clean the fan, but first unplug the power supply. Then, remove the vented door at the bottom of the furnace by removing the small screws on each side. You can peek through the vents to ensure that this is where the fan is. Once the vent is off of the furnace, simply clean off the fan and the entire compartment with a hose vacuum. Reattach the door and give your furnace a test run.
After these two simple repairs, you might notice that your furnace is working a lot better. Best of all, you don't need any power tools to improve your furnace. These repairs will only take a few minutes, but they will have a lasting effect on your entire heating system.
For professional help, contact a service like RA Styron Heating and Air Conditioning.