As with any home appliance, your furnace requires regular maintenance to operate at maximum efficiency. A well-performing furnace saves you money and keeps you comfortable at the same time, but one that’s in need of attention does neither.
Common Issues of a Poorly-Maintained Furnace
Aside from the worst case scenario in which your furnace stops working entirely, one of these units can struggle along with unseen problems that further degrade its condition and bring homeowners plenty of headaches. Uneven heating is a symptom of a furnace or duct system that isn’t operating efficiently, as is a furnace that runs too much or too often.
The end result is high utility bills and an uncomfortable home. Many other problems can arise from leaving your furnace unattended for months at a time, so be sure to have your furnace repair specialist have a look every so often.
Routine Maintenance Procedures
The air filter inside your furnace cleans indoor air pollutants constantly, including allergens from your home’s air. As the filter becomes clogged with dust and particles, its efficiency falls dramatically. It also impedes the regular flow of air, causing your furnace to work harder and cost you more. Finally, it can eventually allow particles to enter the blower motor of your furnace, dirtying moving parts. Change your air filter about once a month—speak with your heating specialist to get an idea of what a ready-to-change filter looks like.
The second best thing you can do for your furnace is to have it inspected at least annually. The first inspection should be done just before the heating season. That way, your heating contractor can spot any potential issues you might otherwise discover the hard way and be left in the cold. Fittings can be tightened and parts lubricated so that your furnace is geared up and ready to take on the winter.
To learn more about keeping your home’s furnace in top shape, or to schedule a repair with us, contact F.H. Furr Plumbing, Heating, and Air Conditioning at (703) 491-1234. We can ensure maximum efficiency and comfort for your bills and your home.