Plumbing/Heating Tips for Home Maintenance on Furnaces and Boilers

Repairs on a faulty furnace can cost a pretty penny, but if you follow these tips, you will save money on your energy bill, and you won’t have to call out your plumber or electrician as often to fix a faulty furnace.  

Check, Clean, or Replace Your Filters

The filters in your furnace play a critical role in delivering clean, warm air to every area of your home. The filter removes particles like dust mites, pollen, pet dander, and bacteria from the air as it flows through the return duct back into the furnace. 

You will get some basic protection from inexpensive filters, and they will do the job. However, you will get better performance and cleaner air if you opt for higher quality filters. Either way, a dirty air filter will make your furnace inefficient. Most air filters will require changing every 30 to 90 days. 

Check the Blower Motor

The blower motor creates the air movement that pushes cold air through to the heating element and then throughout the house after it is warmed. The average blower motor has many moving parts, and it’s the most likely to break down on a furnace that isn’t regularly maintained. If you notice noise from the blower motor like high shrill sounds, or a loud humming, then it’s a good idea to get it checked out before catastrophic failure. 

Make Your Home Heating More Efficient

The less work your furnace has to do to keep your home at an even temperature, the longer it will last between services. Seal up any areas of your home where heat may be escaping. If you aren’t sure, your local HVAC expert can perform a heat audit on your property and identify sources of heat loss. 

Keep Your Vents Clean

Air must be able to circulate freely around your home, which means all your vents should be clear of any blockages. Check that all vents are open, and they are clear of household furniture. 

You should regularly maintain the heating and cooling systems around your home to ensure optimal performance. Regular maintenance doesn’t take long, but it will keep the most common issues from developing. If you have noticed any problems, don’t hesitate to call your local HVAC experts.

If you need more than basic maintenance then give Plumbing Systems Inc. a call at 970-926-0500.