Maintaining Your Gas Furnace - For The Summer?
Summer is approaching, so you may be preparing to use your air conditioner to cool the home for the upcoming season. Even though you will most likely not be heating your home through these seasons, your gas furnace requires a bit of work, as well. This maintenance will reduce the risk of costly repairs while ensuring you will have heat during the fall and winter seasons. Here are a few tips to prepare your gas furnace for a safe hibernation.
Over time, dirt, dust, and debris build up in your system's filters. If the filters become clogged with debris, a few issues will arise.
First, clogged filters decrease air flow into your home. This causes your system to struggle to reach the desired temperature while increasing gas costs to heat your home.
Also, the decrease in air flow will prevent you from experiencing sufficient warmth during the heating season. This affects you and your family's overall level of comfort.
Most experts recommend inspecting the filter once a month. If you are unable to see through the filter, it needs to be changed. Of course, you may not believe you need to change the furnace filter when you are not using heat, but that is not true.
Allowing dirty filters to remain in your furnace throughout the spring and summer season increases the risk of mold and mildew growth. This growth can eventually seep into the home, decreasing your air quality, affecting your skin, eyes, and respiratory system.
Inspecting and cleaning your furnace is also wise before the warmer seasons. Make sure the area around your furnace is free of dirt, debris, grass clippings, and leaves. If this debris is left in place, it may become trapped inside the furnace, damaging the mechanical components once you start up the furnace again.
Contractors can also help inspect the furnace system. If you were struggling to heat your home during the last few weeks, repairing an underlying issue before shutting your system down for the summer is ideal.
The pilot light should be switched off during the summer because you will not be needing gas to heat your home. Make sure to inspect your gas lines, as well. Even a small leak can lead to enormous waste and dangerous fires or explosions if the gas leak is not addressed. If you smell gas or are noticing any strange noises in your furnace or gas line, contact a professional heating service to complete a more detailed evaluation of the system.
The spring and summer may not seem like a time to conduct maintenance on your gas furnace, but it is important for ensuring you can heat your home in the cooler temperatures.