15/10/2018 0 Comments
Furnace Maintenance Checklist for Homeowners
Proper and timely furnace maintenance is important for keeping your home safe and comfortable, extending the life of your furnace, and saving on heating costs. The furnace maintenance professionals at West Bay Mechanical Ltd. have put together a checklist for a basic furnace inspection that will help keep your furnace running smoothly, and alert you to any potential issues. Make sure you turn off the fuel and electrical supply before starting!
- Air filter
Replacing the air filter on a regular basis is one of the simplest and most effective furnace maintenance tasks. It will extend the life of the compressor and keep your furnace running efficiently.
Remove the blower by taking out any bolts holding it in place. Clean the blower compartment and the blower itself by using a vacuum to pick up any dust and debris from the blades. A small brush can help dislodge stubborn dirt.
- Belts and pulleys
Another easy but important part of furnace maintenance is inspecting, cleaning, and adjusting the belts and pulleys inside of your furnace. Worn, damaged and loose belts and pulleys can increase operating costs and may eventually break, causing your furnace to shut down.
- Heat exchanger
A heat exchanger that is cracked or otherwise damaged should be replaced, as there is a risk that it may release toxic fumes. Contact your furnace maintenance experts if you are unsure whether or how to replace your heat exchanger.
- Drain line
Your furnace drain line should be clear, free of any signs of damage or deterioration, and draining properly. The tell-tale sign of a clogged drain line is a pool of water near your furnace.
Dirty burners should be removed and thoroughly cleaned, as they can cause poor combustion. Vacuum around the burners, and then clean each one using a can of compressed air to blow out any dust and a wire brush to scrape away debris.
- Gas valve
Check the gas valve for any signs of damage or leaks. You can check for leaks by slowly opening the valve and spraying it with a solution of soap and water. If the solution starts to bubble when it comes in contact with the valve, then call for furnace maintenance in Victoria immediately.
Finally, take a look at your furnace's panels and make sure they are all secure. Loose panels can lead to maintenance issues and cause the furnace to run less efficiently, prompting a spike in your heating bill.
Professional Furnace Maintenance & Repairs
If your inspection turns up any issues or if there are some inspection and maintenance tasks that you are uncomfortable doing yourself, then you can count on West Bay Mechanical Ltd. for quality furnace maintenance in Victoria. Our experienced technicians can quickly diagnose the issue and provide prompt solutions to keep you and your family comfortable and safe.
To schedule an appointment for furnace maintenance, contact West Bay Mechanical Ltd. today.