Are you excited about the arrival of spring? Have you been looking forward to being able to shut down your heating system and not needing to use it again until fall arrives? Even people who like cold weather may eventually get sick of it and start longing for warmer spring and summer weather. Unfortunately, this eagerness to escape the cold can mean that important maintenance steps get overlooked because you don't even want to think about your furnace and heating system for as long as possible. But in order to make sure that everything works for you again in a few months, here are some important things that you need to do or to have done for you:
Replace filters: Unlike an air conditioning system, your furnace may have multiple filters. There may be one right on the furnace itself, to filter the air that the furnace uses to burn its fuel, while there is also one at the air intake vent to filter the air that circulates around your home. In order to prevent a costly furnace repair in the near future, both filters will need to be replaced on a regular basis. If you're not sure how often to replace your filters, this is either written on the package for a brand new furnace filter, in your furnace's manual, or you can contact your repair company for assistance.
Vacuum: It may seem strange to be told to vacuum in and around your furnace, but the dust that happens to get through your filters can build up. If it's not removed, this dust build up can pose a serious fire hazard. Removing the dust at least once a year can help to prevent your furnace from overheating and potentially catching fire. While the fire might remain in the unit, it may cause enough damage that no furnace repair technician will be able to fix the unit and you'll be forced to replace it.
Tune-up or inspection: All mechanical things eventually break down or wear out, no matter how well-built they were in the first place. Your furnace is no exception, as much as you might wish it could go on forever. In order to keep as much time as possible between one serious furnace repair and the next, it's a good idea to pay for a tune-up and/or an inspection on a regular basis. Doing so will cost you less money and be less of a hassle in the long run than simply waiting for something to break and getting it fixed at that time.
Contact a furnace repair service for more help.