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How to Extend the Life of Your Furnace

Furnaces cost thousands of dollars up front. Get your money’s worth by performing these important late fall furnace maintenance steps.

To be safe, first turn the power off to the furnace at the circuit breaker. Then turn the gas supply off at the shut off valve to the gas line. Wait a few minutes, and allow the pilot light to go out and cool down.

1. Clean it up.

Look inside your gas furnace to see if there is dirt, rust or accumulated grime. Use a brush, a cloth dipped in a mild detergent, or a vacuum to remove the dirt. Be careful not to use any flammable cleaner, such as a solvent derived from petroleum products during furnace maintenance, since leftover residue could catch on fire. Then wipe it clean on the outside.

2. Check out all your vents.

Vacuum dirt or dust in or around the vents. Be sure that they’re open. Also, check to make sure that your duct work is not torn, disconnected or tangled. Make sure that your air filter is clean and that you replace it on a monthly basis.
3. Maintain your blower motor.

To clean the blower, remove the front access panel to the furnace. Vacuum out any dirt or objects around the blower motor. Lubricate the blower motor with 3-in-1 oil or other non-detergent oil. However, many newer furnace blower motors do not require oiling. Use hot soapy water and a toothbrush to clean each blade of the blower fan and wipe it dry with a cloth.

4. Test the thermostat.

If you own a mechanical unit, make certain that it is level. If it’s an older thermostat, consider replacing it with a digital programmable one. This will save you 5-10% on your heating bill. If it is digital, make sure that it is working properly and replace the batteries if needed.

5. Turn your furnace maintenance over to the professionals.

Bring in a professional to be sure your furnace maintenance is done right. Call Ray N. Welter Heating Company at 612-825-6867 to perform all of the above and more.
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How to Extend the Life of Your Furnace

Furnaces cost thousands of dollars up front. Get your money’s worth by performing these important late fall furnace maintenance steps.

To be safe, first turn the power off to the furnace at the circuit breaker. Then turn the gas supply off at the shut off valve to the gas line. Wait a few minutes, and allow the pilot light to go out and cool down.

1. Clean it up.

Look inside your gas furnace to see if there is dirt, rust or accumulated grime. Use a brush, a cloth dipped in a mild detergent, or a vacuum to remove the dirt. Be careful not to use any flammable cleaner, such as a solvent derived from petroleum products during furnace maintenance, since leftover residue could catch on fire. Then wipe it clean on the outside.

2. Check out all your vents.

Vacuum dirt or dust in or around the vents. Be sure that they’re open. Also, check to make sure that your duct work is not torn, disconnected or tangled. Make sure that your air filter is clean and that you replace it on a monthly basis.
3. Maintain your blower motor.

To clean the blower, remove the front access panel to the furnace. Vacuum out any dirt or objects around the blower motor. Lubricate the blower motor with 3-in-1 oil or other non-detergent oil. However, many newer furnace blower motors do not require oiling. Use hot soapy water and a toothbrush to clean each blade of the blower fan and wipe it dry with a cloth.

4. Test the thermostat.

If you own a mechanical unit, make certain that it is level. If it’s an older thermostat, consider replacing it with a digital programmable one. This will save you 5-10% on your heating bill. If it is digital, make sure that it is working properly and replace the batteries if needed.

5. Turn your furnace maintenance over to the professionals.

Bring in a professional to be sure your furnace maintenance is done right. Call Ray N. Welter Heating Company at 612-825-6867 to perform all of the above and more.
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