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10 Do-It-Yourself Tips For Your Minneapolis Furnace Repair

Man conducting Minneapolis furnace repairOn warm fall days like the ones we’ve had this year, it seems nearly impossible that the other weather shoe is going to drop.  But it’s certain your home heating system will be called into service sooner rather than later, so now is the time to consider Minneapolis furnace repair work.

To make sure that your home will be warm and cozy when the weather gets cold, follow these 10 do-it-yourself Minneapolis furnace repair tips:

  1. Inspect Your Burner Flames.  Before you remove the combustion chamber door, make sure to turn the power off.  Once inside, turn the power on, engage your thermostat and check that the flames are burning even and blue – yellow flames are a sign of dirty burners.
  2. Vacuum The Burners – You’ll need a 20” length of ½” drain line connected to your vacuum hose to reach behind the burners.  Turn the power off and shut off the gas supply.  Then vacuum everywhere you see dust, including burners, furnace base and blower compartment.
  3. Clean The Blower – Unscrew the blower and remove it from the unit.  Clean the blower blades with a vacuum and small brush.  Be careful not to disturb the counterweights or wiring.
  4. Change The Furnace Filter – Probably the easiest Minneapolis furnace repair task is changing your filters.  Most furnaces will function well with inexpensive fiberglass filters changed every 3 months.  If you choose to install a high-efficiency filter, check your manufacturers’ recommendations.
  5. Clean The Sensor – Remove the flame sensor by disengaging it from its bracket.  Then you can gently clean it with a fine, emery cloth.
  6. Dust The Pilot – To guard against a dirty pilot causing a false reading that the pilot isn’t lit, dust the pilot by using a drinking straw to blow off any accumulated dust.
  7. Dust The Hot Surface Igniter – The hot surface igniter is another delicate element that can suffer from dust build up.  You should never touch this piece but you can blow off dust with a drinking straw just as when you dust the pilot.
  8. Check The Drive Belt – Belt-driven blower belts need occasional replacement if they become worn, frayed or cracked.  Give yours a regular once-over to see that it is in good shape.  If a replacement is needed, you can purchase one for about $5.
  9. Lubricate The Bearings – Older home heating systems may have motor bearings and blower shaft bearings that need to be lubricated yearly.  After cleaning around the caps and removing them, be sure to use only a few drops of lightweight motor oil.
  10. Look For Corrosion And Seal Leaks – Inspect your exhaust vent pipes for any white powdery substance which could indicate corrosion.  This situation should only be remedied by a professional technician. You can seal leaks in ducts yourself with metal tape or heat resistant silicone.

Some Minneapolis furnace repairs can be done on your own while others require professional assistance.  If you are unsure about the severity of the problem or how to fix it, call Welter Heating for a consultation.

For more helpful tips for maintaining your Minneapolis furnace, subscribe to the Welter Heating blog!  We update the blog every month with more news that you can use.

One comment on “10 Do-It-Yourself Tips For Your Minneapolis Furnace Repair
  1. Even I can do these things myself.Thanks for these tips! I need to put some muscles on it before winter sets in. Thanks! http://www.johnbetlem.com/

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10 Do-It-Yourself Tips For Your Minneapolis Furnace Repair

Man conducting Minneapolis furnace repairOn warm fall days like the ones we’ve had this year, it seems nearly impossible that the other weather shoe is going to drop.  But it’s certain your home heating system will be called into service sooner rather than later, so now is the time to consider Minneapolis furnace repair work.

To make sure that your home will be warm and cozy when the weather gets cold, follow these 10 do-it-yourself Minneapolis furnace repair tips:

  1. Inspect Your Burner Flames.  Before you remove the combustion chamber door, make sure to turn the power off.  Once inside, turn the power on, engage your thermostat and check that the flames are burning even and blue – yellow flames are a sign of dirty burners.
  2. Vacuum The Burners – You’ll need a 20” length of ½” drain line connected to your vacuum hose to reach behind the burners.  Turn the power off and shut off the gas supply.  Then vacuum everywhere you see dust, including burners, furnace base and blower compartment.
  3. Clean The Blower – Unscrew the blower and remove it from the unit.  Clean the blower blades with a vacuum and small brush.  Be careful not to disturb the counterweights or wiring.
  4. Change The Furnace Filter – Probably the easiest Minneapolis furnace repair task is changing your filters.  Most furnaces will function well with inexpensive fiberglass filters changed every 3 months.  If you choose to install a high-efficiency filter, check your manufacturers’ recommendations.
  5. Clean The Sensor – Remove the flame sensor by disengaging it from its bracket.  Then you can gently clean it with a fine, emery cloth.
  6. Dust The Pilot – To guard against a dirty pilot causing a false reading that the pilot isn’t lit, dust the pilot by using a drinking straw to blow off any accumulated dust.
  7. Dust The Hot Surface Igniter – The hot surface igniter is another delicate element that can suffer from dust build up.  You should never touch this piece but you can blow off dust with a drinking straw just as when you dust the pilot.
  8. Check The Drive Belt – Belt-driven blower belts need occasional replacement if they become worn, frayed or cracked.  Give yours a regular once-over to see that it is in good shape.  If a replacement is needed, you can purchase one for about $5.
  9. Lubricate The Bearings – Older home heating systems may have motor bearings and blower shaft bearings that need to be lubricated yearly.  After cleaning around the caps and removing them, be sure to use only a few drops of lightweight motor oil.
  10. Look For Corrosion And Seal Leaks – Inspect your exhaust vent pipes for any white powdery substance which could indicate corrosion.  This situation should only be remedied by a professional technician. You can seal leaks in ducts yourself with metal tape or heat resistant silicone.

Some Minneapolis furnace repairs can be done on your own while others require professional assistance.  If you are unsure about the severity of the problem or how to fix it, call Welter Heating for a consultation.

For more helpful tips for maintaining your Minneapolis furnace, subscribe to the Welter Heating blog!  We update the blog every month with more news that you can use.

One comment on “10 Do-It-Yourself Tips For Your Minneapolis Furnace Repair
  1. Even I can do these things myself.Thanks for these tips! I need to put some muscles on it before winter sets in. Thanks! http://www.johnbetlem.com/

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