How to Winterize Your Furnace 

Winter is the one season of the year when you need to take extra steps to make sure everything is prepared. From cars to hot tubs to your home, winterizing is a must for cold weather climates. In regards to your house, proper winterization is necessary for furnaces. There is no worse time for this unit to malfunction or stop working; you can hire a contractor, but bear in mind that you will be without heat until the furnace is up and running again. To avoid having to deal with a nightmare such as this, here is a checklist of things you will want to run through before the temperatures outside start falling.

Winterizing Your Furnace the Right Way

  • Thoroughly clean out the interior and exterior of the furnace with a vacuum. This will allow you to see if there is any mechanical damage present. Take this time to inspect all the components as well.
  • Check and replace the air filter if necessary; consider buying a high-quality permanent filter to avoid replacements during the winter
  • Inspect the fan belt and tighten it to the specified torque; replace the belt if there are cracks or visible surface damage present
  • Check the igniter if you have a gas furnace; you don’t want this part going out during winter

The first thing you will want to do is clean your furnace inside and out. This can be done easily with a shop vacuum hose. Clear way any dust and debris from all the nooks and crannies that may be covering damaged areas. You can the move onto the filter; replace it if necessary and buy in bulk to make this job easier later on. You can always buy a permanent (washable) filter to eliminate the hassle altogether. Make sure the fan belt is running properly; furnace belts tend to become loose over time. Do not overlook any cracks or fraying, as these are signs that a replacement is in order. Lastly, check to make sure the igniter is lighting fine (if you have a gas furnace). This is a cheap, but essential part for your heating your home.

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