How often should you be cleaning your gas furnace?

Maintaining the appliances in your home is one of the “jobs” that comes with home ownership. While it isn’t a glamorous job, it is a job that needs to be done and done well to ensure that your home is operating in an efficient manner. Staying up to date on routine home maintenance not only saves you money in the long run, but it ensures that your home is safe and secure. One piece of equipment in the home that many homeowners are unsure of how often to maintain is the furnace.

Maintaining Your Gas Furnace

Maintaining your gas furnace is important for numerous reasons. Aside from the fact that proper maintenance can allow your gas furnace to last for several years, proper maintenance ensures that the furnace is operating efficiently and effectively. In fact, around 75% of “no heat” maintenance request calls are due to neglecting to maintain a gas furnace. Once repairs reach this stage, they are much costlier than the costs of preventative maintenance.

Cleaning Your Gas Furnace

One of the biggest culprits of a faulty gas furnace is a dirty filter. This is an easily avoidable issue if you make it a point to change your filters regularly. A good rule-of-thumb is to change your filters every two to three months and to have the furnace fully cleaned once a year. The best time to clean your gas furnace is during the warmer months where you do not need to heat your home.

DIY or Professional Cleaning?

Cleaning a gas furnace is possible on your own. With that being said, it does require some safety measures like making sure that the furnace and the gas have been powered off. It then requires cleaning of the furnace’s exterior and vacuum interior, followed by cleaning the blower, replacing the air filters, cleaning the pilot light, igniter, and flame sensor, and checking and/or replacing belts and oil.

If this seems like a lot of work, that is because it is. Hiring a professional to come provide maintenance, as well as a furnace cleaning, can not only save you time but can decrease the risk of any cleaning mistakes that could result in doing more harm than good to your furnace.

In order to ensure that your furnace is cleaned properly, schedule a tech to come out and inspect your furnace today by calling Service First Heating and Cooling at (360) 591-7274.