There are too many people that make the mistake of assuming that since their furnace is turning on, it is not in need of anything. They might never even put too much into the furnace until something goes wrong and there is a breakage in the system. The thing is, you need to make sure that you are completing some residential heating maintenance on your furnace every year. This will help lengthen the life of the furnace and help reduce the number of problems it will give you over the years. Here are some of the maintenance tasks you need to complete:
Clean Or Replace The Air Filter
Some furnace systems have filters that are reusable. You simply need to remove them when they are dirty, clean them with water and a soft bristle brush, and then insert them back into the furnace once they are completely dry. Do not use the furnace while it is without a filter. If your system takes disposable air filters, you will want to change them out at least twice a year. While you can never technically replace the filter too often, you can fail to replace it often enough. Without a clean filter, you will not have good-quality air in your home and the furnace will be forced to work harder than it should.
Keep The Drain Line Clear Of Blockage
The drain line that comes off of your furnace, if it is connected to a central air unit, needs to be checked at least once a year. The reason is that it could become clogged from algae or something else that might have gotten in there. If the line is blocked, the water condensation that needs to exit the drain line will begin to pool and eventually back up into the furnace. This can cause circuit boards to fry, costing you the use of your furnace. You can have an HVAC contractor check and clean the inside of the drain line whenever it is needed.
The majority of the residential heating maintenance tasks are going to be things that you can do on your own. However, if you feel that you would have a difficult time doing everything either because of physical limitations or because you are overwhelmingly busy, you can call a local HVAC service such as Johnson's Heating & Cooling for help. There are HVAC companies and contractors that can visit your home to complete heating maintenance tasks. You might want to keep the receipts and paperwork from all of the maintenance tasks that have been done. This way, should you decide to sell your home, you will be able to provide proof that the heating system has been very well cared for over the years.