A furnace cleaning is an important part of keeping your furnace in good working condition. Over time, dust and dirt can build up on the furnace’s coils and other parts, making it less efficient and more likely to break down. A professional furnace cleaning can remove all the dirt and grime, helping your furnace run more smoothly and last longer. Furnace cleaning is an important part of home maintenance. Not only does it keep your furnace running efficiently, it also helps to prolong its life. It’s important to keep your furnace clean to ensure efficient operation and prevent safety hazards.
Here are some very important things to ensure a clean furnace. If you feel uncomfortable, you can always reach out to us for questions. It is also worth noting that if you have not already, we always recommend a furnace inspection in the fall.
Cleaning The Furnace Body
Cleaning the furnace body is an important part of keeping your furnace in good working order. Over time, the furnace body can become covered in dust and debris, which can reduce its efficiency and cause it to overheat. To clean the furnace body, first shut off the power to the unit and then remove the panels that cover the interior.
Over time, the furnace body can become dirty and dusty. This can impact the efficiency of the furnace and cause it to overheat. To clean the furnace body, first turn off the power to the unit. Then, remove any panels or covers that are in place. Use a vacuum with a soft brush attachment to clean out any dirt and debris that has accumulated. Be sure to vacuum the blower area and anywhere else that dirt and debris can accumulate. Finally, replace any panels or covers that were removed.
Inspecting and Cleaning The Heat Exchanger
It is important to inspect and clean the heat exchanger on a regular basis. Doing so will help ensure that it functions properly and doesn’t become a health hazard. The first step is to remove any dirt or debris that has accumulated on the outside of the heat exchanger. This can be done with a brush or cloth. Be sure to also clean any vents or openings that may be present.
Once the exterior is clean, the interior can be inspected. It is important to look for any signs of corrosion or damage. If any damage is found, it should be repaired before continuing to use the heat exchanger. The interior can be cleaned with a variety of methods, depending on the severity of the buildup. For light cleaning, a solution of vinegar and water can be used. For more stubborn buildup, a wire brush may be necessary. After the heat exchanger has been thoroughly cleaned, it should be rinsed with clean water to remove any residue. Once dry, it can be reinstalled and used as normal.
Cleaning The Burners
If your furnace is equipped with burners, it’s important to clean them regularly to prevent build-up and ensure optimal performance. Here’s how to clean the burners on your furnace:
1. Start by turning off the power to your furnace at the breaker box.
2. Remove the access panel to the burners.
3. Use a vacuum with a brush attachment to remove any dirt or debris from the burners.
4. Inspect the burners for any signs of damage or wear and tear. If necessary, replace the burner.
5. Reassemble the furnace and turn on the power.
Check the furnace manual for specific instructions on cleaning the burners. If you’re not comfortable cleaning the burners yourself, contact a professional heating and cooling technician for assistance.
Inspecting the Flue Pipe
When inspecting the flue type, you’re looking for any damage or defects that could cause problems with the structure. This includes cracks, holes, or other openings. If you find any damage, it’s important to have it repaired before using the fireplace.
When inspecting the flue type, it is important to pay attention to the size and shape of the flue. If the flue is too small, it may not be able to handle the amount of heat produced by the fireplace. If the flue is too large, it may cause drafts and cold spots in the room. The shape of the flue should also be considered when inspecting the flue type. Round flues are more efficient than square or rectangular flues.
In addition to size and shape, the material of the flue should be inspected. Clay flues are the most common type of flue, but they can crack and break if they are not properly maintained. Metal flues are more durable than clay flues, but they can also rust and corrode over time.
The last thing to inspect when inspecting the flue type is the lining. The lining of the flue should be made of non-combustible material, such as concrete or brick. Clay flues should have a liner that is at least 3/4 inch thick. Metal flues should have a liner that is at least 1/2 inch thick.
If you are not sure how to inspect the flue type, you can always hire a professional chimney sweep to do it for you.
Cleaning The Blower Assembly
To clean the blower assembly on your furnace, first turn off the power to the furnace. Next, remove the panels or access door to the blower assembly. Once you have access to the blower assembly, use a brush or vacuum attachment to remove any dust and debris from the blades and housing. Be sure to clean all sides of the blades and housing. Once the blower assembly is clean, replace the access panels or door and turn the power back on to the furnace.
Concluding Your Furnace Cleaning
We hope that the above helps you get your furnace cleaned up and prepared for the winter! Our team is always talking about how cleaning your furnace can make such a positive impact for your home and business. If all of the above did not make sense to you, if you have questions, or just need to talk to a Furnace Cleaning professional, we can absolutely help. Starting by answering questions or even just coming out and providing an inspection.