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Furnace Maintenance and Safety Tips

by VitalStorm Content on February 14, 2019

Your furnace is part of what makes your house a home in the winter time. It protects you from the harsh cold weather and keeps you warm and cozy. But sometimes your furnace needs some TLC too!

Many homeowners only think about their furnace when it’s time to turn up the thermostat or repair a problem. With proactive maintenance, you can lengthen your furnace’s lifespan to ensure it operates as efficiently as possible.

Here are our top five furnace maintenance and safety tips from the NATE-certified HVAC technicians at Blue Flame.

1. Inspect Your Furnace

Before performing any maintenance on your furnace, visually inspect it inside and out for anything that doesn’t look quite right. If you see something that concerns you, call a pro for more information before you do anything drastic.

2. Calibrate Your Thermostat

In order for your furnace to work properly and efficiently, your thermostat has to be calibrated correctly. If dirt or dust get trapped inside your thermostat, they can throw off the temperature measurements and leave you adjusting (and spending money) constantly.

You can compare the temperature reading on the thermostat to a glass thermometer to determine if it is reading accurately. Remove the outside cover of your thermostat to clean it gently if necessary. If you have a smart thermostat, simply review your settings and make sure you are using energy saving modes whenever possible.

3. Change Your Air Filter

If dust, pollen, and other airborne particles clog your air filter, it will start to impede your air flow. Make sure to change your air filter every 30 to 90 days depending on the amount of dust and pet hair in your home.

4. Dust and Vacuum

You can gently clean the inside components of your furnace with a soft-tipped paint brush. Once you have thoroughly dusted off all of the interior parts, use the nozzle attachment on your vacuum to clean up the dust. If you don’t feel comfortable cleaning the inside of your furnace yourself, feel free to call a licensed HVAC expert for assistance or professional maintenance.

5. Schedule a Tune-Up

If you see anything curious during your visual inspection, you are struggling to calibrate your thermostat, or you don’t feel comfortable dusting out the interior components of your furnace, schedule maintenance with a pro! Annual furnace tune-ups are typically required by HVAC manufacturers to keep warranties valid.

At a professional furnace tune-up, a technician will clean and lubricate all of the interior pieces of your furnace. He will also thoroughly inspect it for any potential problems to prevent future repairs.

We hope these furnace maintenance and safety tips keep your furnace running smoothly.

Stick to these furnace maintenance and safety tips, and your furnace will have a long, energy efficient life. If you need to schedule a furnace tune-up for your Seattle area home, give us a call at Blue Flame today!

At Blue Flame, we are committed to an exceptional and eco-friendly experience every time you use our heating, air conditioning, and electrical services. Call us at (206) 388-5667 and speak to a member of our team.