Do You Need To Clean Your Furnace? Everything You Need To Know

Your heating system is used for several months throughout the year. Without the right type of care and maintenance, your furnace isn't going to run properly throughout these months. If you aren't sure how to care for your furnace, read on for everything you need to know to clean and care for your HVAC system.

Why Clean Your System?

Cleaning your system is going to help prevent premature breakdowns of your system. Most breakdowns are caused by systems that haven't been cleaned properly, so you could prevent a costly breakdown. Cleaning your system may also help prevent illnesses in your home. A dirty system can irritate breathing issues, such as asthma or allergies. It can also cause other illnesses caused by mold and fungus in your system.

How To Clean Your System

Cleaning your system is something you can do yourself. Turn off the power to your system before you begin any cleaning or before making repairs on your system. Then, remove the main panel to the system to open it up so you have a good view inside. Using a vacuum extension hose, vacuum the inside of the unit out as much as possible. Try not to touch any wiring, the motor, or the belt to prevent damaging the system.

Once you have the system cleaned, check the air filter to be sure it isn't too dirty. This filter needs to be changed every other month, or more often if anyone in your home suffers from breathing issues or if you have pet dander in your home — the filter can get clogged quicker if you have pets (such as dogs or cats). Remove the old air filter, and replace it with a new one. Turn the system back on, and test it to be sure it is in good working order.

To give your system a deeper clean, hire a professional to clean your system for you. They have the tools and know-how to get into the vents and clean out your air ducts without spreading dirt and dander throughout your home. Cleaning your air ducts is something you should have done to help clean the air in your home.

Your heating system runs for several months during the year to keep you and your family warm. If you aren't cleaning your system, chances are you are going to end up with a breakdown during one of these cold-weather months. Prevent this breakdown by cleaning your system. Hire a professional, like those at Magnolia Plumbing, to help you with this task and for a deeper cleaning of your system.