As the winter winds down and the summer months approach, thoughts turn to keeping the house cool instead of warm. As the summer winds on and vacations and pools fill your thoughts, you may not even think twice about your heater.
That is, until that first cool September night when it doesn’t turn on. If you take a few minutes here and there through the summer to keep an eye on your furnace, you won’t have to worry about it not working in the fall.
Keep Your Furnace Unit Clear of Debris
Since it isn’t running at all for those long summer months, it may be tempting to let things pile up around your furnace unit. Christmas decorations, sleds and boxes of winter clothes all might find themselves stacked up around the heating unit. This is very bad for your furnace.
First, clutter attracts dust and dirt. As that dirt and dust makes its way into your furnace, it can cause serious damage to the internal parts of your furnace. Motors can seize up, heat exchangers can get hot spots that damage them and fans can blow allergens all through your house.
Keep your unit free from clutter and periodically sweep or vacuum the area round your central furnace unit. This will ensure the unit is clean and free from harmful contaminates.
Keep Your Heater Off During the Heat
Even if this is done accidentally, turning on a furnace during the summer heat can seriously damage the unit. Furnaces are designed to add a certain amount of heat to the air. If the air that is pulled into the furnace unit is already hot, this can mean overheating in the heat exchanger.
Serious damage can result from overheating the air inside of the heat exchanger. Make sure to keep the heat off all summer long even if you have to tape over the “warm” switch on your thermostat.
Give Your Unit the Once-over
Just before you shut it down for the summer, take the time to give your furnace a good look. Check it for any signs of rust or corrosion. Listen to the fans and the motors on the inside to see if they sound like they are laboring to operate. Make sure there are no obviously broken or missing parts as well. If you find anything out of the ordinary, make sure to fix them immediately. Don’t wait until the fall rolls around.
Have Your Furnace Serviced before Operation
Before you fire your furnace up in the fall, contact a professional to come check it out and do any required maintenance. Having an annual inspection of your unit is the best way to prolong the life of your unit and make sure that it is operating at peak efficiency.
Executive Air Conditioning has experts who can help you with any furnace or AC maintenance needs. Contact us today to schedule an appointment to have your furnace serviced!