When it comes to home ownership, there is always something to be done. Some jobs are simple and short causing minimal inconvenience and others can be difficult and a nuisance to adjust to while being repaired. Then there are jobs like furnace repair that must be addressed sooner rather than later-especially if the need arises during winter.
Unfortunately, things like plumbing problems, air conditioning and furnace repair always seem to occur at the worst possible time! Fortunately, although many problems can be averted with preventative action. Here are some tips for keeping the furnace repair company at bay.
Change the filter per manufacturer instructions. This could be as frequently as once a month to as few as twice a year. Not only will this help the furnace be effective but keep the air you breathe cleaner and healthier. Frequency may also be affected by the size of your home and whether you have indoor pets. A smaller home would need the filter changed less often than a large one, as will a home with pets.
If you have a gas furnace, it is vital that you take the time to clean the surrounding area from any excess dirt or debris. Be sure that you wipe the vents, as well!
You should also check to see that the pilot light is lit and working properly. If the pilot light is not working, you should follow the instructions on the furnace for re-lighting it. If the pilot light goes out repeatedly, then you should contact a furnace repair company, as there could be a more serious problem.
If the furnace fails to come on when it should, it does not always mean it is a major problem. Although it may seem obvious, it might be something simple like having the breaker switched on or perhaps setting the thermostat at the right temperature.
Another simple step to take to ensure your home is as comfortable as you want is to be sure that all the registrants in the house are opened and not blocked by furniture.
Make it a point to have the furnace serviced at least once a year to check for any problems. Consider doing this sometime after the end of cold weather season, rather than just before as this is when many companies are busier.
Furnace repair is never something you want to deal with, but it certainly weighs when it is needed when the temperatures have plummeted. Take the time do some preventive maintenance so furnace repairs are kept to a minimum.