No Bostonian would ever take having a functional heater for granted when it comes to enduring a Massachusetts winter. Although, as most of us have probably discovered, they frequently malfunction when least expected. Not when it’s 45 degrees outside, mind you, but when it’s 30 below zero with the wind chill. Yes, homeowners can be surprised by furnace repairs. But before you freak out, you might be able to handle some heating maintenance and repair tasks on your own. We have a few tricks up our sleeves when it comes to home heating systems because we have more than 100 years of experience in heating repair, installation, and maintenance.
Tips for DIY heating maintenance
The DIY heating system repair and tune-up suggestions listed below may help you get your heating system in shape without hiring a technician.
1. Replace the filter in your heating system
Your heating system’s filter has a significant task to complete, and during the months when it is used frequently, it may become rather dirty and clogged. Poor airflow and undoubtedly poor air quality can result from a filthy heating system air filter. During periods of high usage, we advise changing your air filter once a month; however, you should also verify the manufacturer’s instructions.
2. Verify the burner flames
Your furnace’s primary heat source is the burner flame, which ignites the gas as it passes through and forces heat upward into the heat exchanger. Check the color of your burner flames to see if there is any dirt or leaks in your furnace.
Make sure to cut off the electricity before removing the combustion chamber door. Once inside, activate your thermostat, turn on the electricity, and verify the flame’s color. The flame on your burner should be blue and burn uniformly. Yellow flames are often an indication of filthy burners, but they could also indicate that carbon monoxide is being produced by your furnace. Call a specialist to take a look if carbon monoxide is causing you any concern.
3. Cleaning the Blower
The blower is the mechanism responsible for circulating the hot air from the furnace via your ducts and vents. For your home’s air to flow effectively, you must keep your blower clean. Remove the blower from the appliance by unscrewing it. Use a vacuum and a small brush to clean the blower blades, being cautious not to damage the counterweights or wiring.
4. Examine the drive belt for deterioration and wear
You should also inspect the drive belt on your blower before continuing. When they get worn, torn, or broken, belt-driven blower belts occasionally need to be replaced. Check yours frequently to make sure it’s in good shape. You can buy a replacement for roughly $5 if one is required.
5. Burners for vacuums
Cleaning your burners with a vacuum aids in removing any potential debris and dust that can ignite inside the combustion chamber. To reach behind the burners, you’ll need a 20″ length of 1/2″ drain line attached to your vacuum hose. Start by shutting off the gas supply and your furnace system, and then vacuum any dust from around the burners, the blower compartment, or the furnace base.
We can help if you require the services of a qualified furnace repair business. Call us at any time for assistance as we provide emergency furnace repair services around-the-clock throughout Cape Cod’s long and harsh winters.