No matter what time of the year it is, if it’s been a while since you examined your furnace, then it’s likely time for a deep cleaning. Yes, cleaning your furnace will help to ensure that you stay warm during the colder months, and will extend its life.
However, properly maintaining your furnace can also prevent deadly fires and poor air quality.
In this blog post, we’ll offer a few tips on how you can clean your furnace yourself.
We’ll also tell you where you can find professional help to ensure everything is working as needed in and around the Virginia area.
Cleaning Your Furnace
Switch Out Your Air Filters
The first step to cleaning your furnace?
Make sure that you change your air filters at a minimum of once every three months. This will help you to make sure that the furnace doesn’t get blocked, and will ensure that you’ll always stay warm!
However, some may find the process of changing out the filters in their furnace a bit trickier than those that are on the handy side.
If you’ve never exactly been the DIY type, it’s best to work with a professional to change the filter.
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Dust Off The Furnace
Keep in mind that, even if you do change the filter on your furnace three times a year, that’s not really sufficient when it comes to being proactive about keeping it clean.
Tiny particles, especially if left unattended for too long, can cause huge problems.
Unless you want to be left without heat in the middle of the winter, make sure that you take some time to clean and dust your furnace yourself.
Using a small, hand-held vacuum, pay special attention to the area around the blower to collect any dust bunnies.
Try to lubricate your furnace using a couple of drops of motor oil on its port to prevent any irritating squeaking, as well.
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Schedule An Inspection
Even if you think your furnace is currently working perfectly, remember that not all problems are as easy to spot as others.
Sometimes, it’s just a better idea to have a professional come in at least once a year to assess the situation.
They’ll be able to run maintenance, check for loose parts, and identify and stop dangerous oil drips.
They’ll also examine your vents, which can save you a lot of money down the line, as you’ll avoid the need for costly repairs.
Need Professional Help Cleaning Your Furnace?
While this article has included a few DIY tips for properly cleaning your furnace and keeping it functioning for as long as possible, there comes a time when you need to call in the professionals.
If you live in Virginia, don’t hesitate to leave a potentially dangerous situation with your furnace unattended. Don’t risk injury or additional expenses trying to fix it yourself.
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