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4 Tips to Keep Your Furnace From Breaking Down

Your furnace keeps you warm throughout the winter, but do you ever think about what it’s endured and how it may impact its performance next year? We often shut down our furnace at the end of winter and don’t think about it again until we hear a forecast, or turn it on for the first time when the next cold snap hits.

That’s how you end up calling for furnace repair in Long Beach, CA without really needing to. If you maintain your furnace with these four tips, you won’t have to worry about breakdowns nearly as often. While this isn’t a replacement for annual tune-ups, it bolsters your furnace throughout the year so you don’t wake up to a nasty surprise on a cold morning.

Regular Maintenance

Simply put, annual maintenance is the first priority that should be on your list. Annual maintenance serves as a tune-up and a point of inspection. This allows your technician to lubricate moving metal parts, notice any unnecessary strain on your system, and point out anything that might pop up later as a problem. While the DIY maintenance you’ll perform by reading this article is important, it doesn’t replace a professional’s touch once a year.

Changing Out Filters On Time

Your furnace’s air filter is there to help your furnace source clean air. A furnace is both a combustion-based system and a forced-air system. It needs a constant supply of fresh air to function properly, and if dust and debris get in, it can coat the internal components of your furnace and cause disruptions.

Your filter needs to be changed out once every 30-90 days. Depending on how often you use your furnace, you’ll want to settle on the former. Hold a brand-new filter up to your current furnace filter, and the visual comparison alone will show you just how much it’s struggling to pull in that fresh air supply.

Recalibrating Your Thermostat

Your thermostat is the controller for your furnace and your air conditioner. Your furnace needs it because otherwise, it has no idea when to start and when to stop. Your thermostat has a sensitive sensor that needs to be calibrated from time to time. It might think that it’s cooler in your home than it actually is, so it might be pushing the furnace harder than it needs to, trying to reach a temperature that’s higher than what you set.

If you often feel like even though you know a certain temperature should be comfortable, your home feels too warm, then you may have experienced a miscalibrated thermostat. The answer isn’t to just keep adjusting your thermostat–it needs to be recalibrated. You can do this using the manual that came with your thermostat, or hire a professional to do it for you.

Removing Clutter From Around Your Furnace

Your furnace brings air through the intake, as we’ve discussed, but if there’s too much clutter around it, that can impact its performance. If your furnace can’t pull enough air through the filter in the first place, the filter matters less than removing clutter from around your furnace. If you store boxes and other nonessentials near the furnace, this is your signal to find somewhere else for all that stuff.

Today’s the Day to Fix That Furnace

Your furnace needs a technician to keep it working. Whether that’s for minor repairs, to fix breakdowns, or just for your annual maintenance, you can’t skip out on it. It’s time to give your furnace the TLC it needs. Call us today to get everything set up.

Contact Southwest HVAC today to schedule your furnace repairs as soon as possible.

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