Simple Furnace Maintenance & Cleaning Tips

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Winter is coming, and we don’t want your furnace or heating system breaking down when you need it the most. You need to schedule a pre-season maintenance visit from our local HVAC company to keep your furnace running efficiently and avoiding future breakdowns. Without this annual cleaning and inspection, a system can wear itself out quickly, pump deadly carbon monoxide into your home, or simply stop working properly.

When to Schedule Furnace Maintenance?

The best thing you can do to make sure that your furnace works to the best of its capacity is to schedule a professional tune-up at least once a year. During a tune-up, our local heating contractor will inspect your furnace for any operational problems and perform some maintenance tasks; this includes cleaning your system to help avoid future breakdowns, improve efficiency levels and ensure that your system is running safely and correctly.

When to Change the Furnace Filter?

A dirty filter will result in all sorts of efficiency and performance issues, and you can avoid them by checking or changing your filter, but it varies on what type of furnace filter you have. Other filter requires a change every few months, while some can be cleaned or replaced less frequently. Our local heating & cooling technicians in Oregon, Washington, and Las Vegas, NV can explain and show you how to clean or change it yourself or do it for you during your yearly furnace maintenance visit.

Furnace Cleaning

Dirt is the biggest offender of your home or business HVAC system. It can waste fuel and damage your heating system’s ability to perform. The three parts of your furnace that must be kept clean are the blower, filter, and the blower motor. While the major cleaning requires the touch of an HVAC expert, there are some simple things you can do in between maintenance appointments:

  • Clean The Vents
    Debris and dust formed in the vents will cause blocked air flow, but it is easy enough to clean the surface debris. Just remove the vent cover and clean the inside using a vacuum extension. Consider our Bend technicians, Eugene HVAC technicians, Portland heating & cooling techs, and Salem heating contractors to handle your air duct cleaning for a thorough cleaning of your homes air duct system and vents.
  • Clean Air Filter
    The furnace filters primary task is to catch dirt, dust, and other debris before it goes into the blower. The kind of furnace filter and how much you run your furnace will determine the frequency and cleaning method. For instance, a reusable filter can be easily rinsed out, but if the filter appears completely clogged, you should consider replacing it.
  • Clean the Blower
    With this one, we recommend leaving this task to our professional Bellevue HVAC technicians, Seattle heating contractors, Spokane heating & cooling specialists, Vancouver techs, and Tacoma HVAC specialists. Cleaning the blower involves removing the access panels that cover the filter and cleaning belts, pulleys, and motor with a damp cloth to remove any accumulated dirt.

If you have any questions about these furnace maintenance tips, or if you’d like a heating & cooling system maintained or installed in your home or business, contact Einstein Plumbing, Heating, and Cooling at 888-671-7767 or email support@einsteinplumbing.com. We also provide plumbing, water heater, and sewer & main line services.

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