5 Steps to Take Before Turning on Your Furnace This Winter September 16, 2019

Erie, Erie County
5 Steps to Take Before Turning on Your Furnace This Winter, ,

Once the winter cold has set in, you won’t want to deal with unexpected furnace repairs. To avoid issues, you should ensure the security of your heating system before the temperatures drop. Here’s what you need to know before starting your furnace. 

A Guide to Preparing Your Furnace for Winter

1. Check for Signs of Damage

Keep the furnace turned off while you check for signs of combustion residue or soot. The duct work should be secure, without any looseness or rattling. If the furnace has a blower belt, examine it for cracks and other signs of wear and tear. If it's worn, replace it.

2. Clean the Unit & Filter

furnace repairsClean the parts of the furnace you can reach with a vacuum. A small brush attachment will be best for getting into all the nooks and crannies. Use a clean cloth to wipe away residue from the pilot light port. If the air filter is reusable, vacuum out any dust and then wash it with soap and water. If you have a throw-away filter, now is the time to replace it.

3. Flush the Drain Line

When your furnace drains water, residue accumulates in the drainage hose over time. Remove the hose and clean it. Create a cleaning solution of 1 part bleach to 3 parts water and use this to flush the hose. This extends the unit’s life span and prevents needless furnace repairs.

4. Examine the Exhaust & Vents

Your furnace may vent out through a side wall of your house or via a chimney. Whatever the case may be, check the vent or exhaust area for obstructions. In the case of a chimney exhaust flue, disconnect the furnace duct to check for debris that may have fallen in through the chimney.

5. Test Your Safety Measures

Even with precautionary measures, accidents can happen. Make sure your furnace-related safety devices are working properly before winter arrives. Replace the batteries in smoke and carbon monoxide detectors. 


If you need furnace repairs, trust Chuck Ollinger Plumbing and Heating to handle the job. This family-owned company has been serving Erie County, PA, for over 50 years. Their friendly and professional team members are reliable and courteous. Learn more about their HVAC services, including furnace repairs, online. For an appointment, call (814) 899-2809.

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