Furnaces are one of the most important appliances in a home (even in Las Vegas) because they keep the temperature of the home at an acceptable level. It is important to regularly maintain a furnace to ensure maximum operation, as well as avoid receiving a major bill for heating repair. The best way to maintain a furnace is to make sure that it remains free of dirt and other unwanted particles that could cause the furnace to work less effectively.
Check Your Furnace’s Filter
The first step that’s involved in the self process of cleaning a furnace is for the owner to check the filter. If the furnace filter is reusable, it needs to be thoroughly cleaned of all unwanted particles before the winter, when the furnace will be running on a regular basis. If the filter is disposable, it needs to be thrown away and a new filter needs to be installed.
During the course of the winter, the filter should be checked on a monthly basis. To perform a basic filter check, the filter needs to be removed from the furnace and held up to the light. If it seems to be clogged with dirt, it will need to be replaced.
Clean the Blower Assembly
The second step that is involved in this process is for the blower assembly to be disassembled and then cleaned. The blower assembly consists of the blower’s motor and the fans that will allow the blower to move the air. Once the blower has been separated into its associated components, when applicable, each of those components can be cleaned with a toothbrush.
This is important because if the blower is not cleaned at least once a year, dirt will clog the entire blower assembly and cause it to not work as effectively as it should. This will make it much more difficult for the furnace to provide adequate heat throughout the house.
Before the blower is reassembled and replaced into the furnace, the area where the blower was located needs to be vacuumed out. A vacuum with a hose attachment can be used to suck out all of the dirt and other particles that may be clogged where the blower used to be. When possible it’s also a good idea to vacuum in the output vent areas as well
Essentially, the two main parts of the furnace that need to be cleaned are the filter and the blower assembly Though much of the furnace maintenance and cleaning can be done by the homeowner, it is NOT advised.
For best results and professional service, it is recommended to contact a local heating and cooling specialist like those at The Cooling Company who offer guaranteed quality service, heating and air maintenance and AC replacements.