The Cold Weather Is Coming: 4 Steps to Keep Your Heater Running Smoothly This Winter

Summer is finally over. The cold weather will soon be here, which means it's almost time to fire up your heater. The best way to ensure that your heater will make it through the winter is to perform a bit of preventative maintenance. Here are four steps you should take to make sure your heater is ready to keep you warm during those cold winter nights.

Change the Filter

Now that you're going to be firing up your furnace, you need to make sure that you begin the season with a clean filter. This will ensure that the air that's entering your home is clean and free from contaminants. While you have the filter compartment open, be sure to give it a thorough cleaning. Use your broom to sweep away the loose dust and dirt. Next, place the hose attachment on your vacuum and reach inside the filter compartment to remove any dirt deposits that might be present. Finally, place a new filter in the compartment and close the cover.

Clean the Ducts

Take a look at the walls and ceiling around your interior vent covers. If you see dirt buildup, you'll need to remove the covers and clean the ducts. Use a screwdriver to remove the vent covers and place them in a sink of warm, soapy water. Place the hose attachment on your vacuum and clean the inside of the vents. Place the vacuum hose inside the vents as far as the hose will reach. Finally, wash the vent covers, dry them thoroughly, and reinstall them.

Vacuum the Burners

Your heater collects a lot of dirt and dust. Over time, those particles can build up and prevent your heater from working properly. Not only that, but the dust that builds up can pose a fire hazard. To keep your heater working properly, you should keep the burners and the furnace base clean. To do this, you'll need to turn the power and the gas supply to your heater off. Remove the cover to the furnace and use your vacuum to remove all the dirt and dust from the burners and the base.

Clean the Blower Blades

While the cover to your furnace is off, check the blades to see if they're dirty. If they are, you'll need to clean them. Using a screwdriver, remove the cover to the blower motor. Once the cover is off, carefully lift the blower and place it on the ground. Use a small paintbrush to remove the loose particles of dirt. Next, use your vacuum to clean inside the blower compartment. Finally, reattach the blower and replace the cover to the furnace.

With winter just around the corner, make sure your heater is ready to keep you warm. Use the instructions provided here to keep your heater working properly this winter. For other tips on how to keep your heater in tiptop shape, be sure to contact an HVAC technician, such as one from One Hour Heating & Air Conditioning.

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