Your gas furnace provides affordable, clean, energy-efficient heating. To continue enjoying these benefits for many years to come, it’s important to properly care for your furnace. Here is what you should and shouldn’t do to keep the unit in good working order.
Clean your furnace regularly.
Over time, dust will accumulate on your furnace and cause it to run less efficiently. Luckily, you can prevent dust buildup by regularly cleaning the appliance’s surfaces with a damp rag, vacuuming around the unit, and changing the filter.
Give the unit space.
The appliance needs sufficient space to properly ventilate, and HVAC technicians need space to perform maintenance work. That is why you should keep the room where the unit is located free of clutter and unnecessary items.
Get a professional inspection before winter starts.
As winter nears, hire a professional HVAC technician to ensure your gas furnace is ready to keep your home warm and comfortable. The technician can perform any needed repairs or replacements, allowing you to enjoy a cozy, worry-free winter.
Keep flammable or combustible materials near the unit.
Never place flammable or combustible items near your gas furnace. These items include cleaning and laundry products, gasoline, and paint cans. These items could explode if they’re near the unit, so it’s best to keep them in separate rooms or on the other side of the room.
Place kitty litter near the furnace.
Your furnace room might seem like an appropriate area for your cat’s litter box. However, the ammonia fumes can damage the heat exchanger and shorten the unit’s lifespan. Additionally, odors may circulate through your home.
Attempt to fix issues yourself.
When you try fixing issues without professional experience, you’ll often end up causing more harm than good. As soon as you notice any problems, call a trusted HVAC technician to perform safe, effective, and long-lasting repairs.
If your gas furnace needs an inspection or repair, turn to Duncklee Cooling & Heating. Based in Stonington, CT, this family-owned and -operated HVAC company has been serving the Eastern Connecticut and Rhode Island area for more than 45 years. Along with furnaces, the trusted team also installs and services air conditioners, heat pumps, boilers, and water heaters. Learn more about their services online and call (860) 535-2552 to schedule an appointment today.