Posted on: 1 March 2019Share
If your furnace is getting older, the last thing you want to have happen is for it to stop providing heat for your home. This is especially true if you live in an area that gets very cold during the winter months. Fortunately, there are things you can do to help the furnace last longer for you. Below are two of these things to help you get stared.
Get a Tune Up
The first thing you should do is to hire a contractor to give your furnace a tune up. The contractor will inspect the gas burner and clean the burner if necessary. They will also inspect the burner for any cracks or other types of deterioration. If they see this, the contractor will suggest that you replace the burner.
The contractor also makes sure the airflow is right and that the blower is working properly. This will ensure that heated air is circulating throughout your home as well as it can. Once the contractor finished these two things, they will check the pressure of the gas valve. This is important, if the gas valve pressure is not correct this can be dangerous.
Electrical components will be inspected for corrosion or damage. If there are problems with electrical components the contractor may be able to repair the furnace, or they may have to replace the component.
Things You Can Do
There are many things you can do on your own. For example, change the filter on a regular basis to ensure there is proper airflow. If there is not, the furnace will have to work harder to keep your home at the right temperature. A clogged air filter can also cause your furnace to overheat and if this happens you are looking at high repair bills.
You also need to keep moisture levels under control. Not only does high moisture cause high humidity, this also causes problems with your furnace. This is because moisture can get inside the furnace and cause some parts to rust. To help with this you can install a dehumidifier in your home.
Another thing you can do is to clean the A/C coil. You can only do this, however, if the coil is easy to access, such as on top of the furnace. Keep the coil clean will help prevent the drain from leaking and becoming clogged. If the drain leaks, this will cause moisture to build up with will lead to corrosion and rust on the electrical components in the furnace, as well as on the heat exchanger.
Talk with the heating repair contractor you hire to maintain your furnace and they can give you more information.