Everyone loves a do-it-yourself project, especially when it comes to making your house the best it can be! When it comes time to switch from using the air conditioner to the heater, you may want to make sure your furnace is in tip-top shape.
At Wright Services, we’re dedicated to San Antonio heater maintenance when the temperatures get cold. Here are some DIY heater maintenance tips that homeowners can take when the forecast predicts a cold snap.
Cleaning Filters And Blowers
Before you turn on the furnace for the first time this year, make an effort to change the air filter. As air filters are constantly filtering out dirt and debris, the common rule of thumb is to change out your filters every 30-90 days.
Cleaning out your air filter when high usage is about to happen will help promote a cleaner airway, and more warm air will circulate when you need it!
Moving on over to the blower, which controls airflow in your HVAC system, its primary purpose is to circulate the air out of the unit and into your home. Sometimes, your blower may need a good cleaning. With a soft brush and a vacuum, carefully clean out the blades that make up the blower.
When cleaning the blower, be careful with it – if you mess with the wiring or the weights, the blower won’t work effectively, messing up the flow of your unit. If there is no simple way to clean out the blower, leave that to an HVAC professional on our team.
Don’t Get Burned By Your Burners!
The burners are a very important part of your heating system because they’re the primary reason why you get warm air in the winter. To inspect your burners’ capability, check the flame color.
If you see an even blue flame, this is a good sign – this means the burners are working well. However, if the flame is yellow, it’s telling you CAUTION! Yellow flames mean that the burners are dirty, or worse, your furnace could be producing carbon dioxide. In that case, don’t adjust them yourself. Call a professional for help instead.
To clean the area around the burners, first turn your system and gas line off so you don’t hurt yourself. Dust has most likely collected in the burner area, so grab your vacuum from when you dusted off the blower and clean up around that area.
It’s very important to keep the area clean so your family can have good air quality in your home, especially in the mild Texas winters where we see more dry air.
Professional Tune-Ups Done Wright!
When it comes to DIY options, it does help to save a buck. But when it comes to your HVAC system, it’s best to let a technician come in for a dependable, professional tune-up.
Furnace cleanings usually involve changing filters and checking connections, and when done by professionals, hidden problems might be discovered during the tune-up. Our specialists have an arsenal of tools they can use to make sure your heater is working and ready for the winter!
To schedule a seasonal furnace tune-up with Wright AC Services, contact us today! We want to make sure you stay warm this winter and promise to do things the Wright way.