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5 Must-Read Gas Furnace Maintenance Tips

Freezing WomanThe last thing Minneapolis and St. Paul residents want during the frosty Minnesota winter is to find themselves without heat.

An annual inspection by a professional can help ensure your furnace is in good working order during the winter months. A home heating expert can provide gas furnace maintenance and service on the filter, blower motor, vents, pilot light, burner, breakers, wiring and more.

You can also help ensure your family is safe and sound – and warm – by following these 5 gas furnace maintenance tips:

1. Replace your air filter each month it is in use
Failing to regularly change the filter can result in the filter getting clogged over time, causing furnace parts to work overtime and eventually break down.

Keep in mind that filters should be changed more often if you have pets, and during holidays or high-traffic times when doors are constantly opened and closed.

2. Regularly check the pilot light
Put simply, if the pilot light is not lit, the furnace will not keep you warm. Some furnaces automatically light the pilot light, while others require manual lighting. If your notice your pilot light is unlit, consult your local home heating expert right away, as the pilot light is one of the most crucial elements of the furnace.

3. Maintain your blower motor each season
To ensure heat is properly being forced out of the furnace, the blower motor must be in good working order. Once a season, lubricate the blower motor with 3-in-1 oil or other non-detergent oil.

Before lubricating, vacuum out any dirt or objects around the blower motor. Make sure your vacuum is working properly and not leaking more debris back into the furnace.

4. Make sure vents are clean and working
If vents are clogged, or something obstructs the air flow, furnaces are forced to work harder to keep the home heated.

To ensure vents are clean and working properly:

  • Ensure that the flue going from the furnace to the outdoors is free of any dents or holes
  • Check duct work to make sure it hasn’t fallen or become tangled
  • Vacuum out debris around the vents to improve the air flow from the furnace

If the flue or duct work is damaged, contact a home heating expert to replace.

5. Check breakers and service switch
If you notice the service switch – located on or near the furnace – isn’t on, the furnace will not run. Also check the main breaker box. If the circuit has been tripped, the furnace won’t come on. If the service switch or circuit is not working, they may need to be replaced. A professional can help.

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5 Must-Read Gas Furnace Maintenance Tips

Freezing WomanThe last thing Minneapolis and St. Paul residents want during the frosty Minnesota winter is to find themselves without heat.

An annual inspection by a professional can help ensure your furnace is in good working order during the winter months. A home heating expert can provide gas furnace maintenance and service on the filter, blower motor, vents, pilot light, burner, breakers, wiring and more.

You can also help ensure your family is safe and sound – and warm – by following these 5 gas furnace maintenance tips:

1. Replace your air filter each month it is in use
Failing to regularly change the filter can result in the filter getting clogged over time, causing furnace parts to work overtime and eventually break down.

Keep in mind that filters should be changed more often if you have pets, and during holidays or high-traffic times when doors are constantly opened and closed.

2. Regularly check the pilot light
Put simply, if the pilot light is not lit, the furnace will not keep you warm. Some furnaces automatically light the pilot light, while others require manual lighting. If your notice your pilot light is unlit, consult your local home heating expert right away, as the pilot light is one of the most crucial elements of the furnace.

3. Maintain your blower motor each season
To ensure heat is properly being forced out of the furnace, the blower motor must be in good working order. Once a season, lubricate the blower motor with 3-in-1 oil or other non-detergent oil.

Before lubricating, vacuum out any dirt or objects around the blower motor. Make sure your vacuum is working properly and not leaking more debris back into the furnace.

4. Make sure vents are clean and working
If vents are clogged, or something obstructs the air flow, furnaces are forced to work harder to keep the home heated.

To ensure vents are clean and working properly:

  • Ensure that the flue going from the furnace to the outdoors is free of any dents or holes
  • Check duct work to make sure it hasn’t fallen or become tangled
  • Vacuum out debris around the vents to improve the air flow from the furnace

If the flue or duct work is damaged, contact a home heating expert to replace.

5. Check breakers and service switch
If you notice the service switch – located on or near the furnace – isn’t on, the furnace will not run. Also check the main breaker box. If the circuit has been tripped, the furnace won’t come on. If the service switch or circuit is not working, they may need to be replaced. A professional can help.

Ensure you and your family stay cozy all winter long. Sign up to receive all the latest furnace maintenance and heating tips from Welter Heating.

Plus, you should follow us on Twitter and become a Welter Heating fan on Facebook today.

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