If you have a gas furnace at home to provide heat, you might occasionally have issues with it. Even if it is currently working properly, routine maintenance is still important. Follow these easy tips for maintaining and repairing your gas furnace.
Keep the Air Filter Clean
As with all HVAC units, a gas furnace has a filter that needs to remain clean at all times. The filter is responsible for capturing dirt, debris, hair, and dander to keep it out of your home's air supply. However, the more you use the furnace, the more clogged the air filter is going to be. It is a good idea to check it on a regular basis to either replace it or clean it. Some air filters are reusable, so you remove it, clean it thoroughly, then replace it. Otherwise, you should throw it away and replace it with a brand new one.
Troubleshoot Heating Problems
If your furnace isn't heating properly or there is no heat coming out of it, don't just leave it alone and ignore the problem. This is a sign that there is something wrong, so it is good to start troubleshooting it on your own. If you still can't figure out the problem, you can then call a technician to have a look. To start with, always check that the thermostat is working when the furnace isn't heating properly. This is a common culprit for heating issues. You should also make sure nothing is blocking the flow of air, and make sure heating registers are open. Checking the circuit is also a good idea when you have insufficient heat.
Keep the Furnace Clean
Before and after a cold season when you will be using the furnace regularly, it is a good idea to make sure it is cleaned and maintained. This includes removing dust and debris from the exterior and interior of the furnace. If you see any problems with the fan, such as bent fins, now is a good time to fix them. Test the thermostat to verify that it is working, and address any minor repairs you need to do.
Leave Some Repairs to the professionals
Not all furnace repairs should be done on your own unless you have professional experience with such repairs. Anything having to do with the mechanical system of a furnace should be left to an experienced furnace repair technician. Also don't mess around with repairs when you need to work with the propane.