5 Tips For Maintaining A Safe, Functional Gas Furnace

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Having a natural gas furnace is wonderful. It keeps your house warm and cozy inexpensively, and it will last for years. However, even the best furnaces need routine maintenance to keep them performing at their best. Here are five tips to keep your furnace safe and functional:

1. Schedule routine maintenance.

Prevention is the best cure. Rather than wait for your furnace to break down, maintain it on a regular basis. Have a professional check your furnace once a year to make sure that it's still in good working order. This is also a good time to have your furnace professionally cleaned.

2. Have your filter changed.

Changing the filter in your furnace is another part of maintenance. Consumer Reports advises you to check the filter in your gas furnace every month, to ensure that there isn't an excess of dirt and dust accumulated on it. For optimal furnace performance, you should change your filter every three months. If you would rather not throw out your filter that often, there are reusable filters that you can buy for your furnace. Reusable filters should also be cleaned every three months.

3. Know the signs of a broken furnace.

If you know the warning signs of a furnace that isn't working properly, you'll be better equipped to take care of the problem early. Have your furnace repaired as soon as possible in order to save yourself money and time in the long run. Here are four things that let you know your furnace is in need of help:

  • Your furnace isn't properly heating your home.
  • The pilot light looks yellow.
  • Your furnace takes a long time to turn on or keeps turning off by itself.
  • Your furnace is being unusually noisy.

Any one of these things is a definite sign that your furnace needs to be fixed by a professional repair person.

4. Replace your furnace when necessary.

All appliances have a life expectancy, and furnaces aren't any different. Furnaces can last between fifteen and twenty years, according to This Old House. Of course, proper maintenance can help to prolong this lifespan. Ask your furnace repair person if they also do installations. They may be able to swap out your old furnace for a new one, when the time comes.

5. Install carbon monoxide detectors.

Every home equipped with gas appliances should have a carbon monoxide detector installed. All natural gas furnaces emit carbon monoxide which is harmlessly vented out of your home when everything is working properly. However, in the event that your furnace becomes damaged and begins releasing carbon monoxide into your home, it's best to be prepared. A carbon monoxide detector can give you peace of mind while keeping you and your loved ones safe.

With a little bit of maintenance and routine repair from a professional like Anytime Plumbing Services, your furnace will go on heating your home for years to come. It's worth the investment of time and money to upkeep your furnace. It's a simple and quick way to ensure that your furnace stays safe and functional.

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