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How to Make Sure Your Furnace is Ready for Winter

Dec 20, 2018

Nobody wants to turn on their furnace on the first cold day of the season, only to find out it is not working. If you don’t want to be left out in the cold, here are a few things you can do to make your furnace winter-ready.

Tune it Up: Before the start of winter season, you need to have your furnace checked by a professional heating and cooling services provider. The technician will make sure the electrical wiring of your furnace is working. If it is a gas furnace, they will need it to check for leaks or loose valves. The technician will also clean up the combustion changer or motor blower. An annual tune up also guarantees your warranty remains valid. Contact Climate Control for a furnace tune-up.

Change your Air Filter: Homeowners should get their air filter replaced once every 1-3 months, depending on how much they are using the heating system. A dirty filter can restrict airflow as well as damage the furnace’s interior, which can reduce its life. There are inexpensive, fiberglass air filters available that can easily last a month. If you have a permanent electrostatic filter, you can clean it up and reuse it.

Check the Thermostat: If you have been using your thermostat during the AC season, chances are it will have no problem switching over to heat. But if the heat doesn’t kick in within a few minutes, it might be a problem with the thermostat itself. If you feel comfortable doing so, take off the cover and check the device’s wiring to see if it is disconnected. If they seem fine, there may be a problem with the furnace itself.

Clear the Air Ducts: If you feel your air filters get dirty really quickly, you have pets in your house or you have finished remodeling your house, you might want to clean out your ducts. Otherwise, once your heating system is on, dust, dander and debris stuck in the duct works will blow around your house. This can lead to allergies.

Lubricate the Blower Motor: When preparing for winter, make sure your blower motor is clean and in maximum working condition. If it is the kind that requires lubricating, turn off the power, take off its cover and clean it out with oil to prevent any grating noises and to increase the efficiency of the furnace.

Consider Buying A New One: Most furnaces with proper care can last for many years. If you’re heating system is older and is increasingly causing more problems, more repairs and high cost, perhaps it is time you start looking for a new furnace.

Contact Climate Control to get your furnace tuned up and repaired. You can also buy high quality heating and cooling products from us.

About The Author

Dan Detmer
Dan Detmer is the owner of Climate Control Heating & Air Conditioning. Dan was born into the heating and cooling industry, coming from a family of well respected HVAC contractors. After working in the family business, Dan decided to work for a local HVAC wholesale business helping local contractors grow their business. When he felt his heart moving him back into the residential and light commercial business, Dan purchased Climate Control Heating & Air Conditioning based on their strong reputation in the Lexington community.If you have any questions feel free to tweet @HVACClimate and we will get right back with you!
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