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3 Elements of Furnace Maintenance

12/16/2020 (Permalink)

Technician looking over a gas furnace with a flashlight before cleaning it. Furnace maintenance is the best way to prevent a furnace fire

Three Main Aspects Of Furnace Maintenance

Your Colorado Springs, CO, furnace works hard to keep your home at a comfortable temperature all year and needs regular maintenance to run smoothly. A poorly maintained furnace can cause a fire, and fire cleaning is more difficult and expensive than furnace maintenance. The following are the three main aspects of furnace maintenance.


Inspect
A furnace is composed of many parts. One of the key components of routine maintenance is inspecting these parts to make sure they are in working order. The following are some, but not all, of the parts that should be inspected:

  • Wiring
  • Vents
  • Burners
  • Belts


A professional can look over all parts of the furnace to ensure everything is in good condition and make any necessary repairs.


Clean
Although there are professionals available to help with both the fire cleaning and smoke cleaning that would be necessary after a furnace fire, it is easier and safer to prevent malfunctions in the fire place. Cleaning, in addition to the inspections discussed above, is imperative in keeping your furnace performing at its best. The heat exchanger, blower assembly, burners and filters all need to be cleaned, although some filters have to be replaced rather than cleaned.


Repair
The final aspect of furnace maintenance is repairing any problems that are found during the inspection. Simple issues, such as adjusting the thermostat and troubleshooting the pilot light, can often be done by homeowners. More involved repairs, including those involving the belts or motor, generally require a professional. If you smell gas, get yourself and your family out of the house and call for help.
Maintaining your home’s furnace—keeping it clean and in working order—is the best way to prevent a furnace fire and avoid the headaches associated with smoke and fire cleaning. Many homeowners may be able to perform routine maintenance tasks themselves, but others will need the help of a qualified technician who can carry out the tasks safely and alert the homeowner to any serious problems.

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