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Basics of Furnace Cleaning

Furnace FilterSpring cleaning is right around the corner and it’s never too early to think about furnace cleaning. In fact, keeping your furnace in top shape is probably the most cost-effective way to save on your energy bill, whether it’s winter or summer. We thought we’d give you the low down on some basics, so you can know when to “do-it-yourself” or go with a pro.

Furnace Cleaning Tips & Hints

Some basic furnace maintenance tasks are easy to perform yourself, while other may require a professional inspection. If there are parts of the furnace cleaning process that require a licensed service technician, we’ll say so.

The easiest cleaning job is simply to replace your furnace filter once a month during heating season. Next, take a look at your furnace. There should not be any black soot build up around the furnace which indicates poor combustion. If you see signs of yellow/orange flickering flames rather than a steady blue flame, contact a professional to fix this combustion problem.

Combustion creates carbon monoxide which can be deadly. That’s why we recommend homeowners purchase and install a carbon monoxide detector near the furnace in your home.

Finally, clean the furnace blower. Turn the thermostat down, and let the furnace cool before doing this. Vacuum any dust that has accumulated. Clean the blades with a damp rag and any areas the vacuum couldn’t reach.

Furnace Cleaning Checklist

Of all the furnace cleaning tips we recommend, our #1 tip is the most basic: get a professional inspection and tune up every few years, and take the guess work out of furnace cleaning.

If you do call a professional you can expect them to work through a checklist which will include:

  • Clean and Check Furnace Filters and Replace
  • Clean Blower and Check Blower Noise
  • Check for Duct Noise
  • Clean Draft Inducer Motor and Check for Noises
  • Clean and Secure Furnace Hose
  • Clean and Check Furnace Cabinet Top and Blower Compartment
  • Clean and Check Outside Air to Air Intake Hood

This checklist is going to ensure any unusual noises or potential problems will be identified and resolved before next winter.  Get ahead on that to do list and give your family peace of mind that your furnace is working in top condition.

If you need service on your heating or air conditioning system, call Welter Heating and Air Conditioning 612-825-6867 for service or installation.

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Basics of Furnace Cleaning

Furnace FilterSpring cleaning is right around the corner and it’s never too early to think about furnace cleaning. In fact, keeping your furnace in top shape is probably the most cost-effective way to save on your energy bill, whether it’s winter or summer. We thought we’d give you the low down on some basics, so you can know when to “do-it-yourself” or go with a pro.

Furnace Cleaning Tips & Hints

Some basic furnace maintenance tasks are easy to perform yourself, while other may require a professional inspection. If there are parts of the furnace cleaning process that require a licensed service technician, we’ll say so.

The easiest cleaning job is simply to replace your furnace filter once a month during heating season. Next, take a look at your furnace. There should not be any black soot build up around the furnace which indicates poor combustion. If you see signs of yellow/orange flickering flames rather than a steady blue flame, contact a professional to fix this combustion problem.

Combustion creates carbon monoxide which can be deadly. That’s why we recommend homeowners purchase and install a carbon monoxide detector near the furnace in your home.

Finally, clean the furnace blower. Turn the thermostat down, and let the furnace cool before doing this. Vacuum any dust that has accumulated. Clean the blades with a damp rag and any areas the vacuum couldn’t reach.

Furnace Cleaning Checklist

Of all the furnace cleaning tips we recommend, our #1 tip is the most basic: get a professional inspection and tune up every few years, and take the guess work out of furnace cleaning.

If you do call a professional you can expect them to work through a checklist which will include:

  • Clean and Check Furnace Filters and Replace
  • Clean Blower and Check Blower Noise
  • Check for Duct Noise
  • Clean Draft Inducer Motor and Check for Noises
  • Clean and Secure Furnace Hose
  • Clean and Check Furnace Cabinet Top and Blower Compartment
  • Clean and Check Outside Air to Air Intake Hood

This checklist is going to ensure any unusual noises or potential problems will be identified and resolved before next winter.  Get ahead on that to do list and give your family peace of mind that your furnace is working in top condition.

If you need service on your heating or air conditioning system, call Welter Heating and Air Conditioning 612-825-6867 for service or installation.

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