Four Ways To Reduce The Chances Of Needing Heating Repairs

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If your furnace ever stops working, a  good furnace repair company is invaluable. But of course, you don't want to have to call the repair company. It's better if your furnace just keeps working correctly in the first place! Here are four ways you reduce your chances of needing repairs this winter.

Change the air filter

It's probably the most neglected task of all home maintenance because your air filter is out of sight and out of mind. But changing your filter does more than keeping your home free of dust. It also keeps your furnace working well by preventing dust buildup on the burner. Plus, your furnace has to strain to push air through a dirty filter, whereas the air flows easily through a clean one. Changing your filter every four to six weeks will keep your blower motor and burner working well.

Heat your home modestly

Turning the thermostat down is often seen as a way to save money. However, heating your home to only 62 or 64 rather than 70 is also a lot easier on your furnace. It won't have to turn on as often, and of course, the less it works, the less wear it will experience. You don't have to shiver away in the cold, but do use your heat modestly. Turn the temperature back when you're not home, too.

Vacuum your vents

You can't do a whole duct cleaning procedure yourself, but you can keep your vents cleaner. Use your vacuum's long wand attachment, and reach as far into the vent as you can easily. Make sure you get all of the dust. If you remove it from the ducts, it won't end up on the furnace burner where it can cause problems with the pilot light and thermocouple.

Check the chimney or discharge pipe

A lot of furnace problems originate when either the furnace or the discharge pipe — which serves the purpose of a chimney for newer — furnaces becomes blocked. Make sure there is a cap on the chimney so birds can't make their way down into the chimney and build a nest. Also, move any obstructions that may get in front of the discharge pipe, such as patio furniture.

If you follow the tips above, you should hopefully be able to avoid furnace repairs this winter. If you would like to learn more about proper maintenance, talk to a heating repair service near you. 

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