Do it Yourself Furnace Maintenance

by Jan 4, 2020Heating, Maintenance, Winter HVAC

Winter is harsh enough. When the furnace dies in the midst of the cold season, times can get downright brutal. Unquestionably, failing to maintain your heating system can cause just that and a qualified technician may charge a hundred dollars or more to properly service a home furnace. Fortunately, for many of us, maintenance can be performed by the homeowner. Are you ready for do it yourself furnace maintenance?

Furnaces can be thought of as three parts:

  • Blower
  • Heater
  • Thermostat

The mechanical portions, heating elements, thermostat and duct-work leading to and from your furnace system need maintenance.

Should I Attempt Maintenance on My Furnace?

Before we get started, first, take a look at your furnace. Look for residue and black charred remains. Next, turn on the flame. After that, check the color and strength. The fire should be blue and the flame steady. Flickering and yellow flames, along with soot indicate poor combustion. If you see this then you need to call a professional.

Otherwise, this is what you need to do:

  • Inspect
  • Clean
  • Repair

First, shut the control off. Then, remove the combustion compartment door. Next, vacuum out the cavity and carefully vacuum the burner. Remove the fan from the blower assembly. After that, clean the blades and housing. Following this, change the filter. At this point, use compressed air or a straw to clear dust from the pilot. Afterward, use an emery cloth to carefully clean the sensor. Also, without touching any thing, use compressed air to dust remaining surfaces. Finally, inspect drive belts, adjust dampers and check for leaks in air ducts.

Do you need a heat and air professional to inspect or service your furnace? Contact Apache Heat and Air today. Our licensed and certified heat and air technicians are ready to serve you.