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When To Maintain Your Furnace

7/21/2021 (Permalink)

Furnace being repaired by a man. A clean furnace that operates according to specifications can prevent this important appliance in your home from starting a fire.

Maintaining Your Furnace

Keeping the furnace in your home operating at maximum efficiency requires regular maintenance. The following tasks can prevent furnace fires and the need for fire cleaning. You can perform filter checks yourself, but you may want to schedule expert maintenance at least once a year in the fall before the cool weather starts.

Here are several simple maintenance tasks you can perform yourself:

  • Regular filter checks at least every month or two months, especially during the winter
  • Vacuum out dust or debris
  • Check burners for ignition and burner flame
  • Make sure the blower door forms a tight seal
  • Inspect fresh air intake and ventilation systems for any signs of blockage

An expert should perform a more thorough check of the connections, internal components, and outside termination of a furnace vent system once a year. This may lower the risk of furnace fires and reduce the likelihood that you will require fire cleaning as a result of a furnace fire. You may want to rely on an expert to:

  • Check gas pressure, static air pressure, and temperature rise
  • Perform an amp test draw on the blower motor
  • Test combustion gases to ensure that they meet unit specifications
  • Inspect the drainage system and internal hoses for blockage or leakage
  • Make sure the heat exchanger is not corroded
  • Clean the condensate drain and trap, and replace water in the trap
  • Remove and clean the blower wheel
  • Inspect wiring for any signs of damage

On average, furnace experts charge between $80 and $150 for an annual maintenance visit. Lower-priced furnace upkeep packages are not likely to be as thorough or include all of these steps. A clean furnace that operates according to specifications can prevent this important appliance in your home from starting a fire. If you do suffer a furnace fire, contact a residential restoration company in Snoqualmie,WA for both fire cleaning and smoke cleaning services.

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