Perform This Quick Furnace Maintenance Check Before Turning It Off for Summer
The team at HVAC & Plumbing Unlimited couldn’t be happier about welcoming another beautiful Virginia spring season. But even though the weather is getting balmy and gorgeous, don’t shelf your furnace system just yet. Before you put your system into hibernation, there are some quick and simple matters of furnace maintenance you should attend to to ensure your system is ready to roll later this year.
Your comfort is our primary goal, and we want to be sure you’re never without the temperature control you deserve. So check off this quick list before you switch from heating to cooling this spring!
Furnace Maintenance Checklist
Don’t worry, all of these items are quick and easy. Post-season maintenance plays a large role in ensuring your furnace is ready to go when the colder months hit the Fairfax area in September. Perform these tasks to make sure you don’t find yourself with a broken furnace come fall!
- Clean the outside of your system. The winter months likely left your furnace with a thin sheen of dust and debris. Don’t allow this to compound, as it can pose a fire hazard when it comes time to kick the furnace back on. Not only that, the debris can find its way into your system’s inner parts, and cause a surprising amount of damage and reduced efficiency.
- Change your filter. Avoid leaving this task til the fall. Doing it now ensures it’s not forgotten, and allows your furnace to rest without old dust caking up in its components.
- Check connections. Just give your electrical connections a quick look and be sure nothing is loose or disconnected that shouldn’t be. We will stress do not handle electrical components on your own. Electrical bits can be dangerous, and should be handled by a professional. If you do notice something amiss, call on a professional to rectify the issue.
- If applicable, turn off the pilot. If your furnace uses a pilot light, go ahead and kick it off after you’ve done everything else. The pilot doesn’t burn much fuel, but leaving an open flame unattended for a few months is generally a bad idea. Additionally, though it doesn’t burn a lot of fuel, it certainly burns some. No sense in wasting, or incurring additional costs if you don’t need to.
- Call in a professional. If you noted anything amiss, be sure to have it repaired right away. Letting it sit for three months before you get repairs may just make it worse.
Furnace Maintenance in Fairfax, VA and Surrounding Areas with HVAC & Plumbing Unlimited
Our experts carry all of the skill, equipment, products and expertise needed to ensure your system gets the maintenance and attention it needs! Contact us today to learn more about our maintenance services, or to set an appointment.