Furnace Repair Sherwood Park | Routine Furnace Maintenance
Most people want to avoid needing a furnace repair Sherwood Park or replacement. Not only is it inconvenient and expensive. But it usually happens at the worst time, such as the coldest day of the year. Of course the furnace will break when it is working its hardest. However, there are five things that a homeowner can do to keep their furnace in top shape, so that component parts will wear out less often.
In this article we will go over some of the best things homeowners can do for a routine furnace maintenance. This will help them keep their furnace working better longer.
Replace or Clean the Air Filter
While there are many recommendations to do this, says furnace repair Sherwood Park specialist, Hinse Brothers Mechanical in Edmonton. Failing to do it at all will cause a ton of problems with your furnace. Not only will a clogged furnace filter cause your blower motor to have to work harder to heat or cool your home. But this excess strain will cause your blower motor to be worn out faster. That means needing earlier furnace repair Sherwood Park and replacement. As well, that clogged filter will cause your furnace to not heat or cool your home as efficiently, taking longer, and never quite getting to the correct temperatures.
You need to learn if you have a reusable furnace filter, and how to clean it. However, most homes in Canada have a disposable furnace filter. All you need to know is your furnace make and model to buy the right one. They are very inexpensive, and will ensure your furnace is running efficiently while ensuring you have cleaner air to breathe.
But how often do you need to replace the air filter on your furnace?
Generally, once every three months at a minimum. But if you have a lot of dust, for example, you are renovating a lot, you may want to replace it sooner. And if you have any pets – particularly cats, dogs or both, replace that filter every one or two months to prevent an unnecessary furnace repair Sherwood Park.
Check To Ensure Your Thermostat is Working
Nothing is more frustrating than to turn your thermostat up or down, and NOT hear your furnace kick in! However, before you start to worry that you are going to need an expensive furnace repair Sherwood Park or replacement, you or your furnace professional can check one important component first. Quite often the reason why the furnace is not responding to the thermostat, is because the thermostat is at the end of it’s life. It may have faulty wiring, dusty or dirty sensors (very common in a home where many renovations are going on). Even if it’s the wiring, your furnace specialist is the best person to call.
As well, it could just be the end of the thermostat’s life. The thermostat, like the furnace has a finite life span. If it’s almost 10 years old, or older, it’s likely the natural end of life for this unsung hero. The good news is that you won’t need a furnace repair Sherwood Park. Replacing the thermostat is very quick and easy. The best part? You’ll be able to choose from a wide variety of smart thermostats that can be programmable, let you control the temperature from your smartphone – from anywhere in the world! You can even get thermostats that learn your behavior and will turn up or down depending on your activities!
Furnace Repair Sherwood Park | Clean The Pilot Light System
Another task to look at doing every year to help your furnace running in top condition, is to inspect the pilot light. While homeowners can definitely do this, it’s actually part of the inspection checklist when Hinse Brothers Mechanical does a routine yearly furnace inspection. Since the pilot light is always on, it can get slightly corroded, or just covered in soot. Getting this cleaned once a year, and then once it’s cleaned, inspected, can help ensure you never wake up in a cold house due to a faulty pilot light!
Inspect The Blower Motor
If the flames that create heat the heart of your furnace, the blower motor is the soul of your furnace! This needs to get checked out regularly. This part of your furnace has a lot of moving parts, and when your furnace gets a lot of use, so does the blower motor! Your furnace repair Sherwood Park specialist will be able to open your furnace and make sure that everything is in good working order.
If it is showing signs of wear and tear, they can fix those before your furnace kicks in to high gear for the coldest months of the year. This is why it’s important to get an annual furnace inspection done before winter. Ideally, at the beginning of spring, or the end of summer. Call Hinse Brothers Mechanical today!
Inspect Ductwork In Your Home
Don’t forget to have your furnace repair Sherwood Park professional check the ductwork in your home. If you’ve recently moved, this will ensure that the ducting is in good condition, and has been installed correctly. Many people have found out the hard way that their ducting leads to nowhere, after their furnace failed to heat their home properly. But even properly installed ductwork can be faulty.
Over time the ducts can sag, pull away from registers, or pull apart, so this is important. There’s nothing more frustrating than calling in for a furnace repair Sherwood Park, and after a lengthy inspection discover that it was working properly, just not making it into the right room.
Not only are furnace inspections important, but you should be scheduling a routine furnace maintenance once a year. Ideally at the end of winter, because you just went from using it a lot, to most likely turning it off for the summer. Getting an inspection before turning it off will help ensure you don’t go to turn your furnace on for the first time, because it’s cold in your house, and have the furnace fail to come on. But also, a good time to inspect it is at the end of summer, before you actually start to need it.
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If you have any questions about furnace inspections, furnace repair Sherwood Park or furnace replacement, call your furnace experts, Hinse Brothers Mechanical today!