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Steps to Take Before Turning on Your Furnace

Posted on: October 18, 2017

When you know fall is right is around the corner, it’s time to make sure your heating system is as ready for the cold weather as you are. Before switching on your heating system, there are a few steps you should take to make sure it’s in the best condition possible.

1. Change the Filter

Change or clean the furnace filter before you switch on your furnace in the fall. A clogged filter will cause your furnace to overheat or become inefficient. While you should be changing the filter at a minimum of every three months, if it’s been a while, now’s the time to do it. This will also improve your indoor air quality, because your new furnace will trap more pollutants than an old, dirty one.

2. Test the Thermostat

Test your thermostat to make sure it is communicating with your heating system. Turn the temperature up high enough to make the heat kick on. If it seems like it’s not communicating with your furnace, put in fresh batteries. If that doesn’t help, consider replacing the thermostat. When you’re ready to turn the heat on full-time, switch to the program for heating or adjust the temperatures to account for a cooler time of year.

3. Seal Your Home’s Envelope

Check your doors and windows to ensure they have a tight seal. If you have gaps at these openings in your home, your heated air will escape, and with it your hard-earned money. These gaps also allow cold air into your home, so your furnace will have to work even harder.

4. Schedule Your Heating System Tune-up

Fall is the time to schedule a tune-up and maintenance inspection for your furnace. At this appointment, an HVAC technician will thoroughly inspect your system for any signs of wear and tear. Your technician will also clean the system and make any adjustments that will help it run more reliably and efficiently. If problems seem to be brewing, your technician will advise you about the best repair options to take before a full system breakdown occurs.

5. Test Your CO Detector

Finally, make sure your CO detector is in good working order. Change the battery if you haven’t in a while, and be certain to test the detector to ensure it is running. Remember, your furnace can leak carbon monoxide, which puts your family at risk for deadly poisoning, so this is a safety measure you don’t want to overlook.

Schedule Furnace Maintenance in the Gaithersburg, MD Area with James A. Wheat & Sons

If you need help prepping your home and your furnace for the upcoming heating season, contact the team at James A. Wheat & Sons. You can also contact us to schedule your annual maintenance check.

For more information, give us a call at (240) 399-5051!