8 Things You Should Do Before Turning on a Furnace

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When it’s finally cold enough to turn on the furnace for the first time each season, you want to ensure it’s in good working order. Trying these eight essential maintenance and troubleshooting tips can save you money down the road.

  • Replace Your Air Filter

The air filter helps to remove airborne particles, dust, and dirt from the air before it enters the furnace. A dirty air filter will restrict airflow and make your furnace work harder than it needs to.

  • Take a Look at Your Ductwork

If you have central air, your ductwork is vital to your furnace’s performance. Leaks in the ductwork make your furnace work harder than necessary and decrease efficiency.

  • Check Your Carbon Monoxide Detector

All furnaces produce carbon monoxide, a colorless and odorless gas that can be deadly. A properly functioning carbon monoxide detector will alert you if your home has high gas levels. Make sure to test your sensor monthly and replace the batteries as needed.

  • Have Your Blower Belt Checked

The blower belt helps to move air through the furnace. A broken or frayed belt can cause the blower to overheat and shut down. Inspect the belt monthly for any signs of wear and tear.

  • Have Your Furnace Burners Cleaned

The furnace burners are responsible for igniting the gas that heats your home, which can cause the furnace to work less efficiently and potentially overheat.

  • Have Your Furnace’s Safety Features Inspected

Most furnaces have several safety features that prevent them from overheating or igniting dangerous gases. These include a pressure switch, a limit switch, and a flame sensor.

  • Schedule an Annual Furnace Tune-Up

Even if your furnace seems to be working correctly, it’s a good idea to have it serviced by a professional once a year. A tune-up can help identify potential problems and keep your furnace running smoothly all winter long.

  • Test Your Thermostat

Your thermostat regulates the temperature in your home. Make sure it’s functioning properly, and replace the batteries as needed.

Talk to Chesapeake Property Services

The expert team at Chesapeake Property Services can handle all the testing and repairs needed to prepare your furnace for cold weather. Make an appointment today by calling 410-661-4235.