For the past few months, your furnace has been an invaluable source of heat and warmth for your home. But now that spring is well underway, it's time to think about your home's cooling needs. That means your trusty furnace will be out of the picture for quite some time. However, giving your furnace a well-needed break isn't as simple as flipping a switch on your thermostat.
Preparation is always essential when it comes to using your HVAC equipment. Read on to learn how you can prepare your furnace for the upcoming spring and summer months.
Catch up on Maintenance
This year has seen some of the coldest temperatures on record throughout many parts of the continent. So, it's no wonder that your furnace has had its work cut out for it this winter. Even with fall preventive maintenance, several months of constant wear and tear can still take its toll on your furnace. With winter nearly at a close, it's time to get your furnace up to speed maintenance-wise.
If there's a filter that needs replacement or ducts in need of vacuuming, now is the time to get it done. Tackling basic maintenance items on your own or with the help of an HVAC professional will prevent your furnace from deteriorating any further as it lies dormant. Catching up on maintenance now also gives your furnace a performance boost – which could come in handy the next time you use your furnace.
Invest in a Careful Inspection
There's a lot that goes on inside your furnace and it's easy to miss items that could, if left unchecked, result in expensive service later on. A thorough inspection can help you and your HVAC technician spot minor issues that could turn into major problems given enough time and neglect. With regular inspections, you can be proactive about your furnace's overall health and save on repair costs in the process.
Here are a few items that should be on any inspection checklist:
- Check the burners or heating element for damage. Dust and soot buildup can keep furnace burners from working properly. Electric furnace heating elements are also subject to damage or wear and tear.
- Check the heat exchanger for rust. Rust buildup can damage heat exchangers and even make your furnace unsafe to use.
- Inspect the fuel delivery system. Gas and oil lines can develop leaks, potentially putting your home's safety at risk.
For more information, get in touch with a heating repair company such as Nova Air Conditioning & Heating.