Sadly, winter isn’t that far away anymore and fall is right around the corner. Taking time to enjoy nature’s changing colours and the brisk feeling in the air is important as it will soon be gone and you’ll want to retreat inside where it’s warm. Keeping your furnace in good condition is a big part of escaping the cold, and there’s no better time than fall to take a look at your fall furnace maintenance checklist.
Basic furnace maintenance is the best way to ensure your furnace is working perfectly now that cold weather will soon be upon us. Don’t be fooled by the hot temperatures this week, the cold air that invades the night is a sure indication that it won’t last much longer.
Gas Furnace Maintenance Checklist
Here are a few essential things you can do to ensure your furnace is working properly.
Visual Furnace Inspection: Take a look at your furnace to see if there is an excess amount of dust or black soot building up anywhere. Is there is then you should call an experienced furnace repair technician from a reputable company like Novel Care immediately. Turn on your thermostat to see if the furnace cycles up correctly. Listen closely for strange noises or loud vibrations that might indicate there’s a problem. It’s also important to prime your nose to smell for any gas leaks.
Turn it Off: Now that you’ve looked it over turn the thermostat off and then the switch for the power. If you can’t find the power switch you can turn the power off at the breaker. Next turn off the gas if you’re planning on checking off any gas related items in your furnace maintenance checklist.
Dusting: Once your furnace has cooled down open it up and use your vacuum to clean out the dust. If there are areas where your vacuum isn’t working use a damp cloth to wipe the dust away.
Fan Belt: If you have a blower with a fan belt it’s important to take a good look at it for racking and fraying. Checking the tension to ensure it’s still taught is also important. It shouldn’t move more than 1/2 an inch.
Filter Replacement: The last and one of the most important things on your furnace maintenance checklist is changing the filter. Turn your furnace back on and if you’ve turned the gas off, turn it back on and relight the pilot light.
You should only perform furnace maintenance if you’re comfortable enough to do so. If you’re unsure about any aspect of your furnace maintenance checklist contact Novel Care today for a free estimate and to make a furnace maintenance appointment: 416-921-0000.
Novel Care has been handling furnace maintenance checklists in Toronto, York Region and the rest of the GTA for over 30 years.