It’s that time of year, time to get out the jackets and hats and turn up the heat. As we begin to snuggle up under the covers, don’t forget to add cleaning your furnace to your winter prep list. If you usually opt out of scheduling an appointment and are determined to do it yourself, you’ll want to keep your safety in mind. To ensure that you’re covering every safety measure possible, here are three things you should never do while cleaning your furnace:
1. Never Leave It On
One of the first things you’ll want to do when you’re maintaining or cleaning your furnace is to shut it off. You’ll want to shut off both the electrical power and the fuel supply source. To shut off the electrical power you’ll want to look for a switch with a red outlet cover. In most homes, it’s placed near the stairs or by your burner. To find the shutoff valve for the fuel supply, you’ll want to look near the incoming gas pipe or by the fuel tank. These locations are actually vital to know in case of a leak or fire.
2. Be Careful Not To Misuse Products
When it comes time to clean, you’ll want to do your research on proper cleaning products. You don’t want to risk you and your family’s safety or wind up damaging your system. Look for products that aren’t flammable and that are approved by your manufacturer. Don’t forget to remove them once done, as leaving products or rags near your furnace can be a severe fire hazard, so be sure that you always keep the area clear.
3. Don’t Forget Air Filters
Your air quality is based on the state of your filter, so a filter that is over a year old should be replaced. A clean filter will ensure that fresh air is getting pushed into your home and will keep your machine working at it’s best. So while you are cleaning your furnace, remember to fully check your filter and replace if needed.
If you’re unsure of what to look for or think your furnace might not be working as it should, it’s best to schedule maintenance with a professional. Our experts can help keep your Salt Lake City home’s heating and air systems operating at its best. Schedule your tune-up with Scott Hale Plumbing, Heating & Air today!