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Your Guide to Pre-Winter Furnace Maintenance

The beautiful fall weather is a perfect reminder that winter is just around the corner! Don’t wait to give your furnace the tuneup it needs to power through the colder months.

Follow this checklist to ensure your furnace is in great shape this winter

  1. Turn on the heat

The first step in getting your heating system ready is simply turning your thermostat from cool to heat and turning up the temperature a few degrees higher than the temperature in the room. If the heat doesn’t turn on within a few minutes, take a look at the wire connections beneath the thermostat cover.

If everything looks secure, ensure the power supply that’s connected to your heating system is turned on. If your heat still isn’t working at this point, you may have an internal issue with your blower, fan, or heat pump. While these can be fixed on your own, it’s best to consult a professional HVAC technician.

  1. Set Your Thermostat

Setting your thermostat program is the next step in preparing your home for the winter months. Be sure to set a lower temperature at night and during times you’ll be away from your house. This will significantly reduce your energy bill and prevent your furnace from working overtime.

  1. Change dirty air filters

Furnace air filters need to be changed every few months to keep dirt and debris out of your heating system. Replacing the filter regularly will also increase your heating system’s efficiency and extend the lifespan of your furnace.

  1. Clean the heat exchanger

Once a year, your heat exchanger should be thoroughly brushed and vacuumed by an HVAC technician. As they clean this component, they’ll check for any cracks that could allow for a carbon monoxide leak.

  1. Open and unblock air vents

Before you turn on your heat for the season, move any furniture, toys, plants, or decorations that are in the way of your vents. A blocked air vent can decrease your furnace’s efficiency and even become a fire hazard.

  1. Check chimneys and carbon monoxide detectors

It’s important to get your chimney inspected by a professional every year to prevent carbon buildup and pest infestations. You should also regularly test carbon monoxide detectors to ensure they’re working properly.

  1. Check the ignitor

If you have a gas furnace, you’ll need to relight the pilot using the electric ignitor switch. If you have an older furnace, you may have to light the pilot manually.

If the ignitor switch doesn’t work, try hitting the reset button and resetting the breaker. If neither of these solves the problem, contact an HVAC technician for help.

  1. Check oil levels

If you have an oil furnace, you’ll need to replace your oil filter and nozzle and check the oil levels in your tank. Because oil doesn’t burn as cleanly as gas, it’s especially important to give your furnace thorough maintenance at least once a year.

Schedule Furnace Maintenance in Bend, OR

When it comes to annual furnace maintenance, you can count on the experts at Ponderosa Heating & Cooling, Plumbing & Electrical to get the job done right. We provide heater maintenance in Bend, OR, Sisters, and the surrounding areas of Central Oregon.

Besides the items listed above, we will clean the components of your system, lubricate moving parts, adjust the fan belt tension, check voltage, tighten electrical components, adjust gas pressure, test system controls, clean drainage lines, and calibrate your thermostat.

When you want maintenance done right, turn to our expert team at Ponderosa. Call 541-549-1605 today to schedule your pre-winter maintenance.

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