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Furnace Maintenance Tips for Homeowners

Taking care of your furnace on a regular basis is a great way to help it have a long and healthy lifespan. Being in tune with how your furnace operates is also a great way to stay ahead of repair needs and prevent a furnace breakdown.

We are highlighting some homeowner maintenance tips below. When you need to schedule professional heating maintenance in Wylie, TX, give our team a call for an appointment. You can also keep reading to learn more about the things you can do as a homeowner to take care of your furnace all season long.

Caring for the Indoor Portion of Your Furnace

First, we’re going to review the ways that you can take care of the indoor portion of your furnace. One of the most important things you can do is change out the air filter on time. When you purchase an air filter, it will say how long it should be in place. Most filters last for anywhere between 1-3 months. Replacing this filter regularly helps to improve your indoor air quality and maximize airflow inside your furnace.

We also encourage you to stay on top of vacuuming and dusting during the winter season. Dust inevitably does get inside of your furnace, even with the best air filter in place. Lowering the amount of dust in your home to begin with will go a long way toward helping your furnace operate efficiently.

Once per month, we encourage you to turn off your furnace and allow it to cool down completely. Then open it up and wipe down the inside. This is especially important around the heating elements or burners. Wiping down the inside every month will prevent dust from turning into a tough grime that’s harder to wipe away. 

Caring for the Outdoor Portion of Your Furnace

Next, it is important to check the outdoor portion of your furnace. Furnaces are a little different from central air conditioners that have a large outdoor unit. Your furnace does not have this, but it does have an exhaust vent that leads outside. It is important for you to know where this vent is and keep it clear from any yard decorations or debris. 

It’s possible for ice or frost to develop on the exhaust vent and block airflow outside. You should check this exhaust vent and shine a flashlight inside to make sure there are no blockages. Otherwise, exhaust air can get trapped inside your furnace and mix with clean air, lowering your indoor air quality and putting your family’s health at risk.

Importance of Professional Care

Although home maintenance is crucial, there is only so much that you can do without professional HVAC help. It is equally important that you prioritize scheduling an annual furnace inspection with our team of expert technicians. This annual inspection is an opportunity for us to look at all of the small components inside your furnace that have to work together. 

We can thoroughly clean out your furnace when needed, and re-lubricate components to ensure they are working together smoothly. If there are any minor problems, we can address them sooner rather than later to help you avoid larger furnace problems later on. 

Contact Kennihan Plumbing & Heating, Inc. today to schedule an appointment with our professionals. We treat your home like it’s our grandma’s home.

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