What can you do to keep your gas furnace running smoothly throughout the year? One of the keys is regular maintenance. You can identify when your furnace needs a check-up if you keep these three essential maintenance tips in mind:
- Checking the Thermostat: It is important for your thermostat to run properly so your gas furnace will respond to changing temperatures in your home. You can test your thermostat by setting the thermostat a few degrees above the temperature in your home. This way you can check if the thermostat turns on in response to the temperature change.
- Cleaning the Filters: As your furnace moves warm air throughout your home, dust often settles within air ducts. Gas furnace filters help protect the furnace and your home from dust and dirt, so it is important to clean filters occasionally. If left unchecked, clogged filters may cause your gas furnace to overheat and put undue stress on the motor.
- Checking the Burner: It takes a quick visual inspection to see if your gas furnace burner is running well. The flames should be steady and the color blue. If flames appear irregular or are orange in color, this may indicate that the burner is dirty. If this is the case, you should call for professional gas furnace maintenance.
With a gas furnace, a little regular maintenance goes a long way. Furnace maintenance extends the lifetime of your furnace and helps you save money on repairs. At Comfort First Heating & Air, Inc., we are happy to provide furnace service to help you maintain your furnace. Contact us today to learn more!