5 DIY Furnace Tune-Up and Maintenance Tips

It’s still cold out there, which means that you shouldn’t start powering down your furnace. While spring may be just around the corner, it is still incredibly important to maintain your heating system. If you don’t, you could wind up being in a situation you don’t want to be in. Plus, our heating systems always seem to break down at exactly the wrong moment. When it comes to tuning up and maintaining your furnace, there are a lot of things you can do on your own – without the help of an HVAC specialist. And while you never want to underestimate¬†the importance of annual furnace inspections, there are a few do-it-yourself ways to know if your furnace needs a tune-up. Here are five DIY furnace tune-up and maintenance tips.

  1. Always make sure your furnace is turned off before you perform any maintenance. Our furnaces can be hot and there can be a lot of risks for burns and electrical shock, especially if you are working with metal tools and need to get deep inside your heating unit. So, you want to make sure that you turn your furnace completely off before you proceed with a tune-up.
  2. Some smells are bad and some you shouldn’t worry about. If you continually smell a strange odor coming from your furnace, there could be something wrong. For instance, the pilot could be too strong, which can cause a burning smell. Moreover, the pilot flame could be completely blown out. If your pilot flame is blown out, you could have a small gas leak, which will not only emit an odor – it can also be a health risk.
  3. Don’t mess with the burners. The burners are what the pilot flame comes out of. When you are making adjustments or repairs to your furnace, you could risk moving or misaligning one of the burners, which could present the risk of a fire. It can also present the risk of damaging other essential components of the furnace. So, make sure that the burners stay in one place while you make your adjustments.
  4. Test the fan belts. Just like your car uses a fan belt in its motor, a furnace uses sort of the same thing. And just like a vehicle’s fan belt – the fan belt in a furnace can become old and worn out. So, you may need to test the fan belt to make sure it is working properly. If it is not working properly, you want to replace the entire fan belt.
  5. Measure heating efficiency throughout the house. After you make the necessary adjustments inside your furnace unit, you want to go to each room in your home and test the registers. You want to make sure that heat is flowing out of every single one. If heat is not flowing, you may have a tear in your ductwork. A tear in the ductwork can be easily patched up with a little epoxy resin and some plumber’s tape – yes, it’s that easy.

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