Furnaces are an expensive investment that need to be protected. Giannone offers top-of-the-line furnace maintenance and replacements, but there are some steps you can take yourself to prolong the life of the furnace in your Philadelphia home. Here are five DIY furnace maintenance tips. Remember to shut off the power and fuel before taking these steps.
Inspect and change filters. This is one of the simplest steps you can take for DIY furnace maintenance. Regular fiberglass filters need to be checked and replaced about once a month. Pleated filters should be replaced about every three months.
Air flow. Check to make sure your registers aren’t blocked with drapes, rugs, or furniture. For a furnace to operate at maximum efficiency, air must flow freely from it to the rest of the house. You should also make sure there are no clogs in the registers, so vacuum them frequently.
Inspect your ducts. Make sure there are no holes or gashes in your ducts on a regular basis. If you see any, seal them with metal tape. You should also make sure dampers are open on your ducts.
Keep your furnace clean. Regularly vacuum the area around the blower. Keep any combustible materials safely away. Be aware that the older your furnace is, the harder it is to get parts. It can take quite a bit of time to receive the parts for older furnaces once they are ordered.
Check your pilot light. Take a look at your pilot light on a regular basis. It should always burn with a blue flame. If it’s not on or appears to be sputtering, turn off the fuel and electricity. Clean the pilot light valves with a small wire, and then restart your furnace.
These basic maintenance steps should keep your furnace happy and healthy all year-round, but contact Giannone today if you need a tune-up or more advanced repairs for your Philadelphia furnace.
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