5 Furnace Maintenance Tips

Be proactive before winter comes with proper home maintenance.

You know when it gets cold out, and one step outdoors can cause you to shiver and your teeth to chatter? You sit in your car taking advantage of the heat while you muster up the courage to brave the icy breeze. Then, you race inside, ears burning and all. But one of the best feelings is opening and closing the door behind you, and instantly thawing out by the warmth of your home.

Could you imagine if your furnace was broken during the winter months? You’d have to cocoon in 5 layers of sweaters and wrap up in fuzzy blankets. Plus, that would be a costly repair or replacement. There are steps you can take when switching from AC to heat to help prevent any issues.

  1. Turn on your heater to see if it’s working at all. If you or someone you know is comfortable doing so, pull off the cover to peek inside. Make sure all connections are plugged in. If it does not work, see if there is a RESET button. If it’s oil or gas, see that there is enough oil and if the gas supply is connected properly. If you can’t diagnose the issue, call a professional to take a look.
  2. Change the filters. Do so every two months. A dirty filter will limit the airflow, which can cause damage over a period of time.
  3. You will need to clean your heat exchanger annually. This can also be done with the help of a professional if that’s a better option for you. If the heat exchanger is at all damaged, it can be a serious danger. Take action immediately to prevent a carbon monoxide leak.
  4. Check the furnace blower motor. It is located near the air filter. You will notice if there’s something wrong based on the way it sounds. If you can definitely hear there’s an issue, call a professional.
  5. Dirt can prevent how well your furnace works. If it appears dirty, cleaning it will support efficiency. Although this can be done by simply using a toothbrush, research how to clean the fan blades properly to prevent damage.

If there appears to be any slits in the seals around your windows or doors, this will cause the heat to seep out. When your heat is seeping outdoors instead of warming your home, this will cost you more money. You can make home improvements with the help of a professional.

Be sure to check all your vents. Ensure they are clean. Open all the vents to promote proper airflow in your home. Remove any items that are placed in front of a vent. Doing so will make sure the air circulation is moving throughout your entire home, keeping you cozy.

By: KayLynn P.


Do you have questions about your insurance? Find an insurance agent near you with our Agent Finder

Buzz Your
Insurance Agent

Search for a local agent with our agent finder map.

Agent Finder

Search All Blogs

Generic filters
Exact matches only
Search in title
Search in content
Search in excerpt

Buzz Your
Insurance Agent

Search for a local agent with our agent finder map.

Agent Finder

Want to learn more about our blog writer?

Read more about KayLynn's background.

Click Here

Search All Blogs

Generic filters
Exact matches only
Search in title
Search in content
Search in excerpt

Your Life Insurance Policy: A Secret Savings Account?

Don’t Cash Out! Unlock the Hidden Benefits of Your Life Insurance Policy (Free Quote Included!)

Don’t Be a Drain! The Essential Fluids Your Car Needs to Flow

Car Care 101: Essential Fluids Explained (Don’t Get Stuck on the Side of the Road!)

How to Maximize Your Chances of Getting Your Security Deposit Back

Moving Out? Don’t Leave Your Money Behind! Get Your Security Deposit Back Every Time (and Maybe Even Renters Insurance!)

Garage Sale Gold! How to Turn Trash into Treasure (and Cash!)

Don’t Trash It, Sell It! Pro Tips for a Successful Garage Sale (and Extra Cash!)

Don’t Let Your Business Go Up in Smoke! Top 5 Causes of Commercial Fires (and How to Prevent Them)

Commercial Fire Safety: Protect Your Business from the Top Fire Threats (Free Quote Included!)

Taming the Paper Tiger: How to Keep Important Documents Safe

Don’t Let Your Important Documents Become Disaster Snacks! Safe Storage Tips Inside

A Fun Ride Through Auto Racing History (and How to Save on Insurance!)

Need for Speed: A History of Auto Racing in the US (Plus Save on Car Insurance!)

Dive into Safety: Essential Pool Tips for Fun (and Peace of Mind!)

Poolside Paradise or Potential Peril? Top Pool Safety Tips for Families

Presidential Quirks: From Wrestling Champions to Bowling Alleys in the Basement

Don’t just know their policies – Dive into the weird and wonderful world of Presidential Quirks!

So You Want to Be Your Own Boss? A Reality Check for Budding Entrepreneurs

From Dream to Reality: Essential Considerations Before Launching Your Small Business