Heater Maintenance Tips

Even as we transition from winter to spring, the health of your heating unit is still critically important. A bit of prevention can often be the best cure. In today’s post, we’re going to discuss how you can keep your heating unit in top shape.

Inspect the burner flames. Go to your furnace, remove the combustion chamber door (make sure the electrical switch is off), and turn up the thermostat. This should activate the flames. The flames should have a strong blue color, and they should be burning evenly. If the flames are yellow, it can indicate a problem with your burners. 

Clean the drainage tube. With a natural gas or propane furnace, water will be created and will drip to a drainage pan, but if the pan gets clogged, the flame sensor can get damaged. Be sure that the drainage remains free and clear.

Vacuum between the burners. Before you start, be sure to turn off the electrical switch and turn off the gas valve. Next, get a vacuum hose ( you may need to attach a 15-20 inch drain line to the end of the hose), and vacuum between the cavities of the burners. If you notice black soot, it can indicate poor combustion. 

Does your furnace need maintenance work? One of the smartest things you can do is hire a professional heater repair company to identify problems before they become costly issues. Contact us today to schedule a maintenance visit.