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What Homeowners Need to Know About Fall Furnace Maintenance

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As the temperatures start to drop in the coming months, many households will be relying more on their furnaces. After months of cooling your home rather than heating it, you should inspect your furnace and ensure it’s working properly. When your furnace is efficient, you’ll save energy and money. Fall is a great time to schedule maintenance. The last thing you want is to not have heating on a chilly night. Not only will you and your family be uncomfortable, but your health and wellbeing could be in jeopardy.

Let our Anderson furnace repair specialists look at what you need to do to ensure your equipment is ready for fall and winter and when you need to call the professionals.

Clear the Space Around Your Furnace

You should never place objects too close to your furnace. Not only can obstructions make the system run less efficiently but they can be a fire hazard. When your furnace was out of use, you may have placed furniture in front of the system or allowed debris to accumulate. Now is the time to ensure there’s lots of space.

Inspect the Ductwork

After making sure your furnace system isn’t obstructed in any way, the next thing you need to do is inspect the vents and ductwork. Check for cracks, holes, corrosion, and other types of damage that may have occurred over the summer. It’s also a good idea to make sure that no foreign objects are in the vents. You can also check that the duct covers are properly secured.

Do a Smell Test

There are a number of smells you may encounter when you turn on your furnace for the first time. If you smell burning dust, that’s normal since some dust is likely to have settled during the warmer months. When you switch on the hot air, the dust will burn, and you’ll simply need to open up your windows. On the other hand, if you have a gas furnace and you smell sulfur or rotten eggs, you may have a gas leak. You need to turn your furnace off right away, evacuate, and call the fire department or a Greenville HVAC professional.

Meanwhile, if you have an oil furnace and it smells oily or smoky you may have an oil leak. This is most likely not dangerous, but you still need to have it checked since your system may not be operating at full capacity. If you smell burning rubber or plastic, it’s likely that there’s a foreign object in the ducts. If you can’t locate the item, you should turn off the system and contact an HVAC professional to have the system flushed. In a case where the smell is like that of fish or gunpowder, a component may be overheating or failing. These problems may be difficult to isolate so it’s best to get a professional on the job.

Check Your Home’s Carbon Monoxide Detectors and Smoke Detectors

In addition to checking the furnace itself, you also need to make sure your carbon monoxide detectors and smoke detectors to make sure they are in proper working order. Test the alarms if you can and replace the batteries if you haven’t done so in some time. You should also make sure you have an adequate number of detectors. Ideally, one should be on every floor and in every bedroom. If you have an attached garage, you should also consider installing alarms there.

Take a Look at the Control Panel

You may not understand everything you’re looking at when you view your furnace’s control panel. However, you can still look for damage such as corrosion and any loose connections. If something seems strange, call a heating professional to conduct further checks.

Call C&L Services and Schedule Your Fall Furnace Maintenance

While you can do some of the basic maintenance, yourself, you’ve probably realized that some things are best left to the professionals. If you haven’t had a check-up in a while or you believe your furnace is in need of repair or replacement, contact C&L Services. Without proper maintenance, your system may stop working, wear itself out prematurely, drive up your energy bill, or leak carbon monoxide into your home. Don’t wait until you become ill or your furnace fails on a cold night to take action. Book an inspection from our highly trained HVAC technicians in Greenville and let us help you ensure that your system is operating optimally. Call us today!

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