Some Maintenance Tips from Your Local Jacksonville, FL Heating Contractor
Maintaining your furnace regularly is one of the best ways to ensure it has a long and productive life in Jacksonville, FL. You don’t have to be a heating contractor to understand the importance of preventative maintenance, but you can make an appointment for a technician from a Jacksonville, FL heating contractor such as Mike Merritt Heating & Air Conditioning to perform regular maintenance on your furnace if you don’t feel comfortable maintaining it yourself.
Before performing routine maintenance on your furnace, make sure that you have mounted a carbon-monoxide detector on the wall close to your furnace. Replace the batteries every time you maintain the furnace to help keep your family safe from carbon-monoxide poisoning. The next step is disconnecting the energy source. Unplug the power and turn off the gas. You may need to trip the breaker that controls the furnace so that no power is getting to the unit before you take off the cover that protects your furnace.
Remove Dust and Check Wiring
Once you have removed the cover on your furnace, you will probably notice a large amount of dust. You can remove the dust using a vacuum with a hose attachment. Make sure you have gotten rid of all the dust and spider webs before proceeding. Inspect all the wires and gas lines to ensure there are no cracks or broken insulation that could allow gas or electric current to leak. It’s best to contact a heating contractor even if you only find small cracks. The wires should be replaced before the cracks worsen and become a problem.
Inspect Motors and Fan Belt
Make sure that your furnace motors are able to turn freely and place a few drops of oil in the oil caps. It’s best to use three in one household oil in your furnace. If you are unable to find the oil caps it usually means that your system has sealed bearings and no oil is necessary.
The fan belt is the next thing you should check. This belt is similar to the fan belt in your car and may become worn after being used for a period of time. It runs from the motor to the blower. Check for cracking or fraying and call your heating contractor and have a technician replace the belt if it is showing signs of wear. If the belt isn’t worn, make sure that there is enough tension in it by pressing down to see how much it will move. The fan belt should only move about one-half to three-quarters of an inch. A belt that moves more than three-quarters of an inch should be tightened using the tightening bracket.
Replace the Filter and Turn Furnace Back On
Your filter is the last thing to check. Replace the filter if it has been in place for longer than one month. If you are remodeling your home or you live in a very dusty environment you may need to replace the filter more frequently. Keeping a clean filter in your furnace is one of the best things you can do to help your furnace heat efficiently.
Finally, turn the power to the unit back on. Turn the unit on and make sure that it is running properly. It’s best to call us at Mike Mierritt Heating & Air Conditioning if your furnace isn’t operating properly after you have performed maintenance.