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Your Pre-Holiday Furnace Maintenance Checklist

With the holidays fast approaching, now is the time to prepare for celebrations, long nights, and family fun that will keep your home busy. And since the winter also brings a swift drop in temperature, you should make sure that your central heating system is functioning properly.

As a homeowner, there are several things you can do to prepare for the holiday season. Don’t forget to add these tasks to your furnace maintenance checklist.

Replace the Filter on Your Furnace

Aside from bringing warmth to your lovely home, a furnace can also circulate dust, polluted air, fine dirt, pet hair, and other particles that can’t be seen by the naked eye. Over time, all of these become contaminants that hinder optimal air flow. This might even be one of the reasons why you’re seeing higher energy costs. So, before celebrating the holidays, first make sure to replace your furnace filter.

Set Recommended Thermostat Settings for Winter

It’s not a bad idea to locate your home’s thermostat and place a reliable thermometer next to it. Wait for several minutes to compare the readings on both thermometers. Or better yet, you can install a programmable thermostat, which allows you to calibrate your ideal winter settings.

Inspect All Burner Flames

Your furnace’s burner flames should be blue at all times. If you spot some yellow or orange frames, it’s best to immediately turn off the furnace. This typically indicates that there’s a build up of dirt on the burner, or a hidden furnace issue that you may not be familiar with. In either case, calling a professional HVAC contractor is the right thing to do.

Listen for Strange Noises From the Unit

Have you heard any loud bangs, clanking metal, rattles, rumbles, or other odd noises that weren’t there before? Don’t ignore these new sounds. It’s important to reach out to a pro who can inspect your furnace and diagnose the issue.

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Track Down Any Bad Smells

Just as with odd sounds, you should also pay attention to any foul odors that might come from your furnace. For instance, a rotten egg smell can be a sign of a gas leak. A sharp electrical burning smell indicates melting wires that can cause a fire, especially if left unattended.

Reopen Return and Supply Registers

Did you close the vents to your furnace over the summer? If so, you should take a look at them before turning on your central heating system. Double-check that objects, like curtains, rugs, or furniture, aren’t blocking the flow of air. Make sure to move anything out of the way.

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Furnace Maintenance 101

If you don’t have the experience or time to take care of these things, you can simply call a pro to make sure your furnace is ready for the winter months. You’ll probably want to opt for a heating tune-up service. This includes a comprehensive system inspection and other maintenance tasks to keep your furnace clean, well-maintained, and safe to use.

Our team at Shepherd’s Plumbing, Heating, and Air Conditioning can bring the top-quality furnace maintenance service that you need this holiday season. For more information, call us at (650) 861-4995 today!

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