Image by Dtobias CC BY-SA Wikimedia Commons Now that the holidays are quickly approaching, you are undoubtedly thinking about finding a heating Frisco TX service. You don’t want to suddenly find your house freezing in the middle of the night because your furnace stopped working.
Common Heating Frisco TX ProblemsOf course, the best thing you can do is to call a professional heating repair service to give your furnace a tune-up. Before you do that, however, there are certain things you can do to maintain your furnace in good working order.
Check your air filterThis is one of the simplest but most effective things you can do to maintain your furnace. When the filter gets clogged, it blocks the airflow and can prevent it from filtering out contaminants that can trigger allergies. Not changing your filter regularly will not only affect your furnace’s performance, but it can also shorten its life. Furnaces normally have a lifespan of fifteen to twenty years, but dirty filters can force it to work harder and possibly cause it to fail earlier. In this case, you will have to talk with an HVAC specialist about heater installations. If you’re not sure where the filter is, you can look at the intake or inside the furnace. Once you’ve located it, remove it and hold it up to a light source. It’s time to change the filter if you can’t see the light through it. You should check your filter every thirty days and change it at least every ninety days. If you have a permanent electrostatic filter, you should wash it every month. When you change the filter, make sure that the furnace is off. And make sure that the filter is pointing in the correct direction. If the filter is upside-down, it will affect its performance. Make sure the thermostat is on. If your furnace has not started working yet, this could be the reason. Once it’s on, move the switch to heating from cooling. Then set the temperature to two degrees or so higher than the room temperature. If the heat still has not kicked in, you can check if the wire connections are not loose by removing the cover. If they are secure, you can check the power source. If it’s still not working, you should probably call a professional to take a look at the furnace.
Clean your furnaceTurn off the furnace and shut off the circuit breaker before you start cleaning. Do the following:
- Use a wet cloth to clean the fan.
- Clean the bottom of the blower fan and combustion chamber.
- Use a brush to remove dust and dirt from the sides of the furnace.
Lubricate the blower motorIf your owner’s manual says that the motor should be lubricated, you should also do this while the furnace is off. Start by removing the cover and cleaning the caps. Remove the caps and apply lubricant to the bearings.
Check the pilot lightAfter you turn your furnace back on, you should also check the pilot light if your unit is gas burning. The flame should be blue with a yellow tip. If it is completely yellow or orange, or if the flame is flickering, contact a professional since it could be a sign that the furnace is no longer working as well as it should. If you can’t find the time to maintain your furnace, or simply feel that you can’t handle it, you can call a professional HVAC service to give it a professional tune-up. The tune-up will involve:
- Calibrating the thermostat
- Cleaning or replacing the filters
- Cleaning the burners
- Cleaning the electrical connections
- Checking the heating operations
- Testing the limit and safety switches