During those cold winter days in Brampton, your furnace will become one of your home’s most important appliances. Therefore, you’ll want to make sure that your furnace works properly throughout the entire season. The good news is that there are steps you can take to help reduce the likelihood of a furnace breakdown this heating season, so you can enjoy reliable heating and potentially lower utility bills. Here are a few things that Metro Air Limited recommends to our residential customers most often.
Run Your Furnace Before It’s Necessary
If you want to avoid major furnace repairs, it’s a good idea to run your furnace before it gets cold enough to warrant its use. Running your furnace once or twice when the weather is still warm will allow you to look and listen for any potential problems while ensuring that the furnace isn’t under heavy demand. By catching these problems early, you can have a technician fix them before the harsh, cold weather arrives.
Have Your Furnace Maintained
It’s a good idea to make an appointment with an HVAC technician to give your furnace a tune-up, even if you don’t notice any problems when it’s running. An HVAC technician from Metro Air Limited will give your furnace a thorough once-over to ensure that it’s ready to operate efficiently when the temperatures drop. The technician will check for the color of the burner flame, the condition of the heat exchanger, the cleanliness of the system and many other components that contribute to your furnace’s proper operation.
Keep Your Air Filter Clean
To provide warm air to your home, your furnace needs air to heat. That’s why replacing your air filter is a crucial step in avoiding furnace repairs. If air isn’t flowing through your air filter, it will cause the blower motor to work harder to bring in the necessary amount of air. Plus, it could result in an overheated heat exchanger, a condition that could lead to cracks and costly repairs. By keeping a supply of extra air filters on hand, you will be much more likely to replace the air filters when they become dirty.
Have Your Ducts Checked
Your furnace sends heated air throughout your home using ducts. If one or more of these ducts is leaking or clogged, it could cause your furnace to work harder than necessary, which could lead to an equipment breakdown.
The good news is that at Metro Air Limited, we are well-equipped to take care of all duct problems that you might encounter. Clogged ducts require specialized cleaning equipment to remove the dust from the ducts. Leaky ducts, on the other hand, are best treated through specialized sealing methods that take care of the joints between the multiple sections of ductwork that make up a duct run.
Keep Vents Clear
The air pressure in your HVAC system is a critical component of its proper operation. If the air pressure is too high or too low, the system can suffer, leading to furnace repairs. One of the best ways to avoid incorrect air pressure in your HVAC system is to keep all vents clear of any obstructions.
This means that all your vents need to be open all the time, even in rooms that aren’t used very often. You’ll also want to make sure that furniture or other items aren’t blocking vents. This is especially important for supply vents because it can cause your system to be overworked which can lead to poor combustion if you have a gas furnace.
Check for a Clear Flue
For gas furnaces, a clear flue pipe is essential to ensure that any gases that are released by your furnace are released out of your home. While it’s difficult to inspect the inside of a flue pipe unless you have specialized equipment like Metro Air Limited, you can easily inspect the outside of your flue pipe where it protrudes through your roof. With a quick inspection to ensure the flue exhaust isn’t blocked by leaves, sticks or birds’ nests, you can help maintain your furnace’s proper operation.
There When You Need Us
Although we don’t want you to experience a furnace breakdown this winter, our team at Metro Air Limited wants you to know that we are here for you if a problem arises with your furnace. We also service fireplaces, air conditioners, tankless water heaters and much more. With over 50 years of experience and five-star reviews, we strive to provide excellent service for all our customers. For more information on the services that we provide in Brampton, ON, give us a call at Metro Air Limited today.