A furnace is meant to last and to run for a long time, but how you maintain it will affect its life expectancy and its overall durability. There are many things that homeowners can do and can avoid doing to help keep their furnace in good working order; consider a few of them here.
1. Clean your ductwork every year.
You may not think of your ductwork and your vents when you think of keeping your furnace in good repair, but remember that these vents are connected to your furnace. Keeping them clean will help to keep your furnace working properly. This is because dust, dirt, rodent droppings, and other debris can build up in your vents and when this happens, your furnace needs to work harder to push warm air through
Think of how hard your vacuum cleaner needs to work when the hose gets clogged or how slow your drains work when they get clogged, and you can better understand how hard a furnace needs to work when the vents get dirty. To keep the air clean in your home and to keep your furnace working well, have your vents professionally cleaned every year.
2. Change your furnace filter every month.
Many homeowners neglect to change their furnace filter or only do it every year, but if you want to keep your furnace working optimally, change this every month. Your furnace filter catches tiny particles of dust and other debris that are sucked into your furnace and the cleaner it is, the better it is for your furnace and the blower. Less dust will build up around the motor and other internal parts and they in turn will last longer and will suffer less wear and tear.
3. Have it inspected professionally every year.
A professional contractor can inspect your furnace and perform a thorough cleaning of its inner workings, to keep those parts from breaking down sooner than they should. He or she can also note if certain parts are showing signs of wear and should be replaced before you start using your furnace during the cold season.
A contractor can note if belts are beginning to come loose or if the blower has loose connections, or if wires need replacing. Letting needed heating repair go unchecked before using your furnace throughout the winter can cause it to shut down and you can face more expensive repair bills down the road.