Posted on: 19 April 2016
If you recently installed a new furnace, you will want to make sure that it is properly maintained. New furnaces have amazing efficiency ratings, but there are many factors that could cause your furnace to slow down over the years. Without regular maintenance, even the most energy efficient units will start to malfunction and become more expensive to run. This article explains the best way to maintain a new furnace to ensure it is running at full capacity.
Change the Filter on A Regular Basis
The furnace filter is vital to the efficiency of the unit. Basically, it filters the air that is being sucked into the motor. If dirt gets into the motor, you furnace will struggle and your motor will suck up more energy. The end result is a furnace that costs more to run, yet still has weakened airflow. Luckily furnace filters are very easy to replace. They are located inside the main furnace cabinet, which can be opened without any tools. The filter compartment will be clearly marked and easy to identify since it is so large. The filter is usually about the size of a large pizza box (but, it is not always a perfect square). To be sure you get the best replacement, just take your old filter to the store and find a like-for-like replacement.
Cleaning the Furnace Cabinet
The furnace cabinet can also get dusty since it is usually in a garage or basement. If the outside of cabinet gets dusty, there is a good chance that the inside will also get dusty. Dust in the main compartment can compromise the fan. Also, much of this dust will eventually end up in the filter. So, you will have to change your filter much more often if the main compartment is not cleaned on a regular basis.
First, turn off the power to your furnace and then open up the compartment. Vacuum down the sidewalls and fan blades with a brush attachment. Also, inspect the input and output hoses to make sure there are no clogs. It is also important to clean the area around the outside of your furnace. Try to avoid stacking and storing items on or near the furnace. This can block air flow and reduce the effectiveness of the fan.
In the end, it is important to keep the inside and outside of your furnace as clean as possible. You will enjoy a longer-lasting and more efficient HVAC system with this basic maintenance. Contact your furnace installation contractor for more help.Share