Of the numerous ways to keep your home comfortable for you and your family, and one thing, in particular, is necessary for the colder months: your gas furnace. With proper maintenance, you can have the ideal level of comfort in every room of your house, and you will not have to rely on sweaters and slippers to keep you warm all season.
If you’re not comfortable inspecting your gas furnace yourself, no problem, just contact a professional from Sharon’s Heating and Air Conditioning, and we will do the job for you. But if you are confident in handling the task, here is a quick checklist of what to expect.
First off, before you even think about inspecting your gas furnace yourself, be sure to shut off the gas supply to avoid accidents. Once that is done, open up the furnace door and clean the interior as best as you can. You can use a vacuum to clean out the base of the unit but may need other tools to get to all the crevices and inner components.
With the power off, you will be able to safely check the thermostat wires to make sure they are correctly fitted. Then follows one of the most straightforward items you can do, which is replacing the air filter. Keep in mind that you should check and change the air filter monthly.
Behind the air filter is the blower, which will gather up dust and dirt that might penetrate through the air filter. Remove the fan and carefully clean the blades with a small brush, and wipe off the assembly with a damp cloth.
Check the drive belt, too, which can become too loose, or suffer from frays or cracks. If should feel tight, and if it the fit is free you should replace it. Finally, clean out your ductwork. Dust and dirt accumulate in the ducts, and those need to be cleaned so you can be sure your furnace is working at its peak efficiency.
By ensuring that your gas furnace is properly working early in the season, you can avoid expensive repair costs and save on your energy bills. For more information on upgrading or maintaining your HVAC system, call the professionals at Sharon’s Heating and Air Conditioning at (734) 425-1415, or visit us at 31776 Cowan Road in Westland.