Furnaces need proper maintenance to operate efficiently. Knowing how to maintain your furnace will help you preserve your equipment and save money in running costs. Take this quiz to see how hot your furnace maintenance knowledge is.
The thermostat may be the problem.
If your furnace does not turn on, first verify that your power source is functioning.
If a fuse blows when the furnace is turned on, you may have an electrical system issue. For these types of repairs, call a professional.
As you immediately vacate your home, leave the door open. Call the gas company or fire department and report the gas odor.
Service your unit every year.
For faster service calls and a possible discount on the bill, service your unit during the off-season, when the weather starts to warm up.
Service your air conditioner when you service your furnace.
Dirt is the greatest nemesis for heating and cooling systems.
A clean furnace is most important for proper equipment operation. Lubrication and belt adjustment of the furnace are also necessary.
A dirty furnace may waste fuel.
The blower motor is the third part of a furnace.
Before you start heating your home for winter, change the furnace, and then once a month when you are continuously using heat.
The arrow's direction indicates the air flow. The arrow should point in the direction of the blower.
Permanent filters are sprayed with a filter-coating chemical. Permanent filters cost more than disposable filters and the filters must be maintained.
Some furnaces are permanently lubricated and sealed, and do not need any lubrication maintenance.
You must replace worn or frayed furnace belts.
If a furnace belt squeaks when the blower is operating, spray some dressing on the belt.
You will need a wrench.
Lubricate your furnace every year. An easy way to remember the date is to tape a piece of paper, with the lubrication date written on it, to the furnace.
Two to three drops of 10-weight nondetergent motor oil added to each oil port annually will keep your furnace well lubricated.