This fall make sure your furnace is ready to kick back on. It’s been sitting dormant all summer and might need a little work before it’s ready to start running again. Check on these four things before you turn up the heat this fall. This is a great starting point to make sure everything is in place and operating correctly. If you find a bigger issue, then you know it’s time to call in the heating and cooling professionals at Addison Smith in the Carrollton area.
First and foremost, take a look at your air filters. They may have accumulated a large amount of dirt, dust, pollen and other airborne particles over the summer. Your furnace will have to use more energy to operate with dirty air filters. If you have reusable filters clean them off, and replace them if you use disposable ones.
Clogged Vent Lines
Another thing to check on are your furnace vent lines on the exterior of your home. These pipes transfer the by-product of your furnace to the outside of your home. These lines can easily get covered with debris, like fallen leaves, cut grass, even dirt. If the exhaust air has no path to leave your home it could be a potentially dangerous situation. Make sure to remove any debris that might be blocking these lines.
Front Panel Cover
This may seem obvious, but make sure the front panel covering the blower motor is securely fastened. It actually serves a bigger purpose other than just boxing in all the furnace parts. There is a push-in switch under it that must be fully depressed for the furnace to work correctly.
Shutoff Switch & Breakers
Lastly, make sure your furnace switch is actually turned on. Every furnace system has one. It’s easy to forget this simple step when you’re ready to make the transition from air conditioning to heating in the fall. Also, check the circuit breaker or fuse for the furnace.
Call Addison Smith Heating, Cooling & Plumbing at 770-832-9006 if you come across a bigger problem with your furnace and need expert help.