The workhorse of any heating system is the furnace. It produces heat by burning natural gas, heating oil or propane gas. The heat energy generated is used to raise the temperature of air circulating in the HVAC system, which is then carried to different parts of the building by a series of air ducts and vents. Over time, however, furnaces start developing problems. For instance, the burner may start producing yellow flames, soot and carbon monoxide gas. It may also start making some unusual noises due to worn out parts. Heater maintenance can help to reduce these noises and make your heating system run efficiently.
DIY Heater Maintenance
There are some maintenance procedures the average homeowner can perform and others that can only be undertaken by a professional. If you are uncomfortable with the idea, or you have neither the time nor the technical capacity to do the job, you should not hesitate to call an HVAC expert. If you are confident about your ability, however, you can try the following:
i) Filter Replacement
If you know where the air filter in your heating system is located, and have some basic tools, you may be able to replace it. The first thing you need to do is turn of the unit completely, open it up and locate the filter. Carefully remove the filter while noting how it is installed. After removing the filter, check the part number and place an order for the exact make and model online. Alternatively, you can visit a local HVAC dealership to buy the filter; do not forget to carry the old filter with you.
Dust is the enemy of any heating system. For this reason, consider using your vacuum cleaner to get rid of dust from all the registers in the house.
It is important to note that there are many complex maintenance processes that cannot be undertaken by the average person. To get the best results possible, therefore, a reputable heating company should be hired to do the job.