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Heating Maintenance Checklist for Homeowners

December 5, 2023

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Winter is approaching, which means now is the time to think about your heating system. You can handle some routine maintenance yourself, but if you need professional help, you can contact Chud Air Conditioning, Heating, and Duct Cleaning for HVAC services Croydon PA.

How to Care for Your Heating System

Turn off the power to the furnace and remove the doors. Gently pull the furnace wires to see if they’re tight. Check to make sure that all pipes and drainage tubes are securely fastened.

A dirty or clogged furnace filter can restrict airflow, strain the motor, reduce indoor air quality, and clog ductwork. Regularly changing the furnace’s filter is one of the most important things you can do to keep it performing efficiently and reliably. That can also save you money on your utility bills. Check the manufacturer’s recommendation so you know when to change the filter.

If you have a natural gas or propane furnace, water should collect in a drip pan. If the drainage tube gets clogged, it can cause the furnace to shut down. Detach the drainage tube from the manifold and use compressed air or white vinegar to remove any blockages from the tube and drainpipe.

A dirty flame sensor in a gas furnace can cause the furnace to fail. The sensor needs to be cleaned at least once a year. Remove the flame sensor, hold it at the bottom, clean it with an emery cloth, and then put it back.

Debris inside a furnace can reduce its efficiency or cause it to fail. Use a paintbrush with a soft tip to gently loosen dust and debris from the furnace’s inner components. Then use a vacuum to remove the debris.

Schedule an Appointment for HVAC Services: Croydon PA

The professionals at Chud Air Conditioning, Heating, and Duct Cleaning can help with other routine furnace maintenance and repairs so you won’t have to worry about your heating system failing in the middle of winter. We can assist you if you have a problem with the thermostat or pilot or if the furnace cycles frequently or runs too loud. Call us at (215) 607-2821 to schedule an appointment for HVAC services Croydon PA.

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