Keep Your Furnace Running with Regular Maintenance
For many Cleveland homeowners, an operational furnace is something they cannot live without in the winter months. But what if your furnace suddenly stops working in the middle of a particularly cold stretch? Surely you don’t want every day at home to feel like the Ice Age, right? And you don’t want a utility bill fit for a CEO’s salary either, due to continuously having to turn up the heat when you otherwise wouldn’t have to on a properly working unit. Here are some maintenance tips that can help ensure the longevity of your furnace while keeping your electric bill down.
First of all, it goes without saying that your furnace will be most frequently used in the winter and maybe in the fall, but hardly at all in the other two seasons. It is advisable to keep the pilot light off during the spring and summer months, or if you choose to leave it on, then don’t light the furnace unless absolutely necessary. You can also take advantage of this downtime to consult a licensed specialist and have the requisite furnace maintenance done, so as to keep the unit primed for the “busy” winter months.
The second tip would be to do some research and if needed, make some calls. Remember that there are different furnaces available in the market, as well as some out-of-production models that are still in use in households, and each type of furnace or brand has different routine maintenance requirements. Scour the Internet for information on brand names and model numbers, and if you cannot find the information you are looking for or have some doubts regarding the credibility of the information you researched on, call the manufacturer to inquire about the required furnace maintenance.
The third, and probably the most important tip, would be basic common sense to anybody without proper training or certification. When in doubt, call the pros (that’s us). A licensed HVAC technician will be able to address any maintenance concerns and handle any repairs you may need on your unit. So if you aren’t quite sure of what to do, then have a professional do the dirty work on your behalf. Or better yet, turn to the pros no matter what. They will also be able to suggest the proper maintenance schedule, among other services. Yes, it may cost you some, but nothing compared to the costs you may have to pay if you further complicate things by taking matters into your own hands and trying the repairs yourself.