Care for your gas heating system
Keeping your gas heating system running smoothly, safely and efficiently is an important part of home ownership. Proper furnace maintenance supports optimal functioning and helps prevent hassles and breakdowns down the road. Maintaining your gas heating system can be done in just 5 basic but important steps:
1. Visual Inspection
Start by turning the thermostat up. Check the fuel jets to make sure the fuel-burning process initiates properly. Next, turn off the power and fuel supply and conduct a visual inspection of the venting system, which is responsible for removing gases. Check venting ducts and joints to make sure they are well-sealed and in good condition. Be sure each one is secured with three (or more) screws.
2. Remove Covers and Check Filter
Remove the furnace and blower-compartment covers. Check the filter and inspect the internal mechanical parts. Remove the filter to get an even closer look and replace if clogged. Most filters are marked with an air-flow indicator and slip easily into a slot within the air-handling portion of the furnace. Make sure the filter is oriented and installed properly, with its arrow pointing toward the furnace.
3. Inspect the Blower
Use a flashlight and a small mirror to check the condition of the blower. Make sure there are no obstructions. Lubricate the blower motor if needed.
4. Remove and Clean the Furnace Burners
Cleaning the furnace burners helps to ensure safer and much more efficient burning. Remove the burners from the furnace for cleaning and also to allow for a more thorough visual examination of the inside of the furnace. Check the inside furnace chamber for visible defects such as rusting, punctures, holes or separating seams. Clean the burners using plain water; remove any and all dirt, dust and other debris. Clean the sensor and pilot area as well with an emery cloth and a wire brush to ensure these devices will operate optimally. When finished, reassemble all components into the furnace.
5. Safety Testing
Finally, clock the gas meter to verify the rate of fuel usage; check the “high limit” on the furnace to make sure it doesn’t overheat. Use a carbon monoxide meter to check overall carbon monoxide levels and to make sure the furnace is burning cleanly. Safety Tips: Consider installing a carbon monoxide alarm in your home; always keep the area around your furnace tidy, uncluttered and unobstructed for maximum accessibility and safety.
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