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Our Five-Point Fall Furnace Checklist

That title sounded like a mouthful, didn’t it? But all jokes aside, it’s important that homeowners really start the season off strong by doing a few things for their heating systems that ensure they’re safe for the winter. Sure, nothing compares to professional maintenance, or calling our team for that quick heating repair in Paradise Hill, SK, but you’ll soon find that there are additional things you might want to do as a homeowner.

When was the last time you changed your air filter? Or when was the last time you actually cleared out some space around your furnace? These aren’t just tips to improve efficiency and to help your system run better, they’re also tips to help your system run safely.

Today we’re going to focus on five different things you could do for your furnace while you get it in shape for the cold months ahead!

Change the Air Filter

The air filter is one of the most important components of your HVAC system. It stops dirt, debris, pet dander, and other contaminants from entering into your furnace and being burned or caught in the system. The air filter really isn’t designed to improve your indoor air quality (although it doesn’t hurt it), it’s designed to keep your furnace in good shape. So we advise homeowners to change out their system’s air filter every 1-3 months depending on the usage of your heater.

Clean Around Your Furnace

It’s always important to remember that your furnace is a combustion machine that is burning fuel to create heat. Or in the case of an electric furnace, it’s using electrical resistance to create heat. Either way, a furnace can heat up.

While it’s not inherently dangerous or in danger of overheating, if you put various boxes, bins, and other pieces of furniture on your system, it’s going to insulate it and potentially cause it to overheat or even become a fire hazard. Do a quick clean of your furnace system and make sure it’s got plenty of space around it.

Run It and Pay Attention

Run your furnace for a few minutes, even if it hasn’t gotten cold enough this season. It’s important that you see how it works and if there are any problems right off the bast.

Listen to any noises the system might make. Noises are almost always a sign that your furnace needs repairs.

Use your nose and eyes. If you smell any foul odors, or you see rumbling parts that aren’t working properly, then you might need help.

Schedule Maintenance

Maintenance is a vital service that is required to retain efficiency and effectiveness of a furnace system. This can only be done by a professional HVAC technician. Call our team today to schedule a maintenance appointment to improve your system and maintain your warranty.

Get Problems Repaired Quickly

If you detect a problem with your furnace, or you remember a problem that occurred last year, waiting will only make things worse. Problems can compound over time and get more expensive to deal with. We advise that homeowners call us for repairs earlier so we can nip them in the bud and ensure your furnace is ready to go for the cold season.

Call Guardian Plumbing & Heating Ltd. Lloydminster’s Plumbing and Heating Authority.

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