Days are a bit shorter and nights are getting colder. The last thing you want to experience is having a flopping furnace in the middle of the next cold wave. Here’s a list of preventive maintenance tips before running your furnace this fall.

Furnace Inspection

A thorough inspection is a good start to keep your furnace in tiptop shape. Check if there are combustion residues in the unit and loose connections on the ducts. If you found openings especially in between sections, seal them with metal duct tape.

 Proper Clearance

Remove items from around the furnace which can cause restriction in the airflow. If possible, do not put flammable products in the same room with your furnace to prevent unnecessary fire accidents.

 Clean The Unit

You can use vacuum and brush attachment to remove residue from the light port and burners. Just be extra careful not to damage the other components while cleaning it up.

Air Filter Replacement

If you haven’t changed your furnace filter since its last usage, better buy a replacement for it. If you’re using reusable ones, vacuum it to remove the dusts gathered in it. Then wash the filters and be sure to let it dry before placing it back.

Check The Blower Belt

The blower belts are prone to wear and tear. Check for cracks by slowly pushing down your fingers on it. If the blower belt is already too damaged, have it replaced with a brand new one.

Check The Airflow

If you find cooler temperatures on rooms that are far from the furnace, you may need to vacuum out the ducts on these rooms. Remove the registers, get clean cloth and reach into the ducts as far as you can.

Clean The Drain Line

Residue may gather in the drain hose and it can be a blockage in the drain line. Remove the hose of your furnace and clean it with 25% bleach and 75% water solution. Fill the hose for a few minutes before flushing the solution out.

The best way to be sure that your furnace is good to go this fall is through a professional check. Hire heating experts at Northbay Heat and Air to keep your furnaces in your Biloxi, MS homes ready to face the next cold wave.