Winter is just around the corner, and it is almost time to turn on your heater! But before you do, it is important to get your furnace checked to ensure it is in proper working condition. We have put together a list to ensure your heater keeps you warm all winter long:
- Change the air filters
- Clean the heating exchanger
- Test the igniter switch
- Inspect the chimney and carbon monoxide detectors
The leaves are changing color and the nights are getting colder, which means it is time to switch your HVAC system over to heat.
Change the Air Filters
It is important to regularly check the condition of your furnace’s filter. We recommend changing them before the winter begins. If you have a permanent electrostatic filter, you can simply wash and reuse it. Cleaning or replacing your filters will help prolong the life of your HVAC system. If your HVAC system has a humidifier filter, we also recommend changing this and setting the humidistat.
Clean the Heat Exchanger
A furnace heat exchanger is a set of tubes or coils that are looped repeatedly through the air flow inside your fuel fired equipment for the purpose of heating the air. Basically, the furnace heat exchanger is the part of the furnace that actually heats the air. The heat exchanger should be brushed and vacuumed out annually while the unit is deactivated. A professional can check to see if the heat exchanger has any cracks since this could lead to a dangerous carbon monoxide leak in your home.
Test the Igniter Switch
Older systems might require you to relight the pilot of an igniter. However, newer systems have electronic ignitors—if you push the reset button and it is not working, contact a professional.
Inspect the Chimney & Carbon Monoxide Detectors
Chimneys commonly have carbon buildup or even bird nest and debris. Check for a blockage or significant buildup of dust in the furnaces chimney because it is a dangerous fire hazard. Consider calling a professional to inspect and clean it.
If you need assistance getting your heater ready for winter, contact the professionals at: