Inspect your furnace before winter hits.

What To Look For When Inspecting Your Gas Furnace

October 31st, 2016 by

Inspect your furnace before winter hits.

The last thing you want to deal with this winter is a dead gas furnace.

While these appliances are designed to last for many years, they can and do fail. Sometimes, this occurs gradually, with your furnace steadily outputting less and less heat until your home is too cold to be habitable. Other times, the breakdown can be more sudden.

Luckily, you don't have to resign yourself to a costly repair. There are steps you should take to extend the life of your furnace and ensure that any necessary fixes are much easier. Here are some tips to consider as winter approaches:

  • Replace the air filter. The job of a filter is to trap dust and debris, but they become less effective over time as they get dirtier. Make sure to replace your filters twice a year.
  • Inspect burner flames. When the flames in your burner have the correct fuel-oxygen balance, they will burn an even blue color. Flames that are burning yellow suggest that there is something wrong. This is when you should call a professional to adjust the burners.
  • Clean the pilot. If your heat suddenly stops working, it could simply be that the pilot light went out. Before you relight it, though, take a moment to blow any dust or debris off the pilot. If it stays dirty, this could cause the flame sensor to pick up incorrect readings.

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