In the winter, temperatures fall and the demand for heat rises. Just when things couldn’t get any worse, what can even make your winter much colder is a broken furnace.
Throughout the year, you might have forgotten all about your furnace, leaving it to rot in the storage room until the next winter comes. What you didn’t foresee, however, is that they need constant maintenance to keep running in the chilly season. Maybe now is the time to look into proper repair and maintenance for your furnace.
In Cincinnati, a museum closed due to a broken furnace that led to frozen pipes and extremely low temperatures. According to Whipple Services Champions, signs of a defective furnace include little to no heat production, power fluctuation, excessive noise, and a faulty blower. Before winter, inspect any part of your home that you think is susceptible to breakage, including your furnace.
It’s also important to have a professional do the inspection. Improper handling of furnaces may lead to accidents and disasters that could be beyond your control.
Thermostat and air filter inspection, calibration of safety controls, motor lubrication, and carbon monoxide measurements should be part of your furnace maintenance checks. Having an expert clean your furnace before use is also key in maintaining it in the long run.
“Preventive, routine maintenance extends the life of your furnace so it doesn’t use more energy to keep you warm,” says Keith Lambert, Bureau of Construction Codes Director. “Take care of minor problems before they develop into major repair or replacement issues.”
Always use heating machines with caution and proper care. Although they make our lives easier, they can also make it worse if not handled well.