No One Should be Cold! Here’s How to Stay Warm.
In our last blog we talked about the ways that we at Folkes Home Services and Air can help you get your heating system ready for winter, and while we do advise contacting a professional to have your furnace inspected on a yearly basis, there are a few basic maintenance activities that you personally can do to prevent a reduction in your furnace’s efficiency and avoid the need for significant repairs later on.
Changing your filter
While changing the filter and cleaning your furnace keeps its efficiency level up and prolongs the appliance’s life, it is still wise to routinely complete a careful inspection of the entire appliance. First, make sure that you examine the exterior of the furnace for signs of cracking or other deterioration. After that, look for any black soot build-up and check the color of the furnace’s flames. Finding soot build-up and yellow flames instead of blue are signs that your furnace has poor combustion, which warrants a call to a professional. Routinely performing a thorough inspection every few months can help you detect malfunctions early on, which can prevent your furnace from needing professional and/or emergency repair – and possibly save you from going for too long without heat!
These are a few things that you can do yourself to make sure that your furnace is up to par for the coming winter months. Routine maintenance is crucial for avoiding costly repairs and for ensuring your furnace is safe for use. Even if you wish to take these steps by yourself, scheduling a professional to perform a comprehensive furnace inspection before you get started could save you hundreds of dollars.
If you would like a professional’s advice, to get preventive maintenance, or want some repairs done, please contact us. We are more than happy to provide you with knowledgeable and trustworthy service.
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