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Pre-Season Maintenance Tips Before Turning Your Furnace On for the Season

by Amelia Martin

If there's that nip in the air that is too chilly to open the windows anymore and time to pull out the heavier blankets—this means it's about time to turn on the furnace for the first time of the season. Don't touch that thermostat just yet, though. There are a few things you should do before turning on your furnace to help ensure your furnace will start and work properly all season long. See below for some pre-season maintenance tips for your furnace.

Check the Thermostat

You've been running your thermostat all summer long with your air conditioner, so be sure to check that everything is still running properly with it. Check the batteries if your thermostat uses them. Also check that the wiring is connected properly. It's also a good time to program your thermostat for the upcoming season to help you save a little bit of cash on your monthly bills.

Change Furnace Filters

Find where your furnace filter is located on your furnace. Pull it out and hold it up to the light. If you can see light through it, the filter probably doesn't need to be changed. If you can't see any light at all, the filter should be replaced with a proper replacement filter. Be sure to invest in a good furnace filter, rather than cheap filters. The cheaper filters may not trap dust and dander as well, which can cause more dust and allergens around your home. Those cheaper filters may also need to be replaced more often, which may also end up costing you more money in the end. If your furnace has more than one filter, check and change them all.

Clean Around the Furnace

You may have stashed items around your furnace during the off-season. If this is the case, remove these items (boxes, storage totes or other items) to help ensure there is proper air flow to your furnace. If you don't have enough air flow, it can cause your furnace to overheat, or maybe not even turn on. 

Clean Your Furnace

All that dust and dander can gather inside your furnace, which can cause your furnace to work too hard and overheat. Open up the panel on your furnace and take your vacuum with attachments and begin cleaning out as much dust as you can inside your furnace. While you have that panel open, check the motor, fan and belts to ensure everything is in working order.

Maintaining your furnace should always be done before turning your furnace on for the season. For more thorough maintenance on your furnace, contact a professionalheating and air conditioning repairs company to have your furnace prepped for the season.