How To Maintain Your Heating System

Your heating system requires some work from time to time in order to keep it running properly and working as it should for a long time to come. To prevent a breakdown of your system, you need to be performing routine maintenance on your system to prevent issues or problems that may require costly repairs. Some maintenance you may be able to handle on your own, or you can leave the maintenance work to a professional HVAC company. Read on for some maintenance tips you may be able to handle on your own.

Clean Your System

Clean your HVAC system by vacuuming it out with a shop vacuum or the extension hose on your vacuum cleaner. Open the control panel on your unit and vacuum the dust and other debris that may be inside to prevent the moving parts from getting clogged and causing a disruption in the unit. You should also vacuum all around your unit and keep the area clean as well. Clean the interior where your furnace filter sits and replace the furnace filter every other month. You also need to vacuum the vents around your home and vacuum inside the vent openings often as well.

Remove Clutter Surrounding Your Unit

Remove all of the clutter surrounding your unit. You should have a few feet of clearance all around your unit. Stacking up items and clutter around your unit is not only a fire hazard, but it can also block the flow of air to your unit and cause a disruption in the system, which can lead to a breakdown. Remove all debris from around your unit and put belongings away to prevent causing damage to your unit, even when it is not in use.

Change The Furnace Filter

The furnace filter needs to be changed on the unit to prevent a disruption in the system. Remove the old filter and replace it with a new one. You need to be sure you are using the right size filter for your unit. There are a variety of types of filters that you can use that can help trap more dust and dander to ensure the air in your home is as clean as possible. You can find furnace filters at most hardware stores.

If you are not maintaining your heating system, you are going to end up with problems with your system and may be in need of costly repairs. Hire a professional HVAC company to help you with these and other maintenance tasks. 

For more information about heating system maintenance, contact an HVAC contractor.