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Furnace Maintenance 5 Easy Tips for Homeowners

Furnace maintenance is essential this time of year. When winter is coming, the last thing you want is to turn on the heat to find out your furnace is broken. Taking these 5 easy steps can help you ensure that when you need the heat to kick on- it does.

Keep the Furnace Clean

Especially when the weather starts getting cooler, it’s important that you keep your furnace clean. Dirt is public enemy number one for a furnace because it causes the furnace to clog and have to work twice as hard to produce heat. Make sure you intermittently clean the blower, the pilot, the hot surface igniters, and the flame sensor. Always call your local comfortologist at Home Service Doctors if you’re unsure how to get to any of these pieces, and for more information on furnace maintenance.

Change the Furnace Filters

Similar to the tip above, making sure your furnace stays relatively clean is imperative to your furnace maintenance. Check your furnace filters and change them regularly. Hold the filter up to the light to really asses how dirty it is. Make sure you change it before the winter hits, and then every month or two during the winter.

Keep it Lubricated

Keeping your furnace motor cool and lubricated is important in ensuring you avoid costly repairs and furnace replacements. Depending on your furnace, some motors are permanently lubricated but others require attention. If your motor has oil ports, make sure you lubricate it annually. A little goes a long way though so only apply two or three drops as over lubrication can occur.

Inspect and Replace Belts

When you’re cleaning and lubricating your furnace, inspect the belts. If they show any signs of being worn or frayed, replace them immediately. As always, if you’re unsure what belts you need or how to replace them, feel free to call your comfortologist at Home Service Doctors.

Check for Leaks and Seal Leaking Ducts

One final tip for ensuring your furnace gets you though a long winter, is checking for any duct leaks and sealing them effectively. You can purchase a special metal tape at home improvement stores to seal any leaking ducts you may find.

Don’t Let Costly Furnace Repairs and Replacements Consume Your Holiday Budget This Winter! Call Home Service Doctors and Ask About Our Furnace Maintenance Tips Today!

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