For many homeowners, especially those who live in colder climates, having an operational furnace cannot be done without in the winter months. But what if your furnace suddenly stops working in the middle of a particularly cold stretch? Surely you don’t want every day at home to feel like the Ice Age. And you don’t want a utility bill fit for a CEO’s salary either, due to continuously having to turn up the heat when you otherwise wouldn’t have to on a properly working unit. Here are some furnace repair and maintenance tips that can help ensure your furnace’s longevity while keeping your electric bill down.
Keep the pilot light off
First of all, your furnace will be most frequently used in the winter and maybe in the fall, but hardly in the other two seasons. It is advisable to keep the pilot light off during the spring and summer months, or if you choose to leave it on, then don’t light the furnace unless necessary. You can also take advantage of this downtime to consult a licensed specialist and have the requisite furnace maintenance done to keep the unit primed for the “busy” winter months.
Browse the internet
The second tip would be to do some research and, if needed, make some calls. Remember that there are different furnaces available in the market and some out-of-production models that are still in use in households, and each type of furnace or brand has different routine maintenance requirements. Browse the Internet for information on brand names and model numbers. If you cannot find the information you are looking for or have some doubts regarding the credibility of the information you researched, call the manufacturer to inquire about the required furnace maintenance.
Call the expert HVAC technician
The third, and probably the most important tip, would be basic common sense to anybody without proper training or certification. When in doubt, call the pros. A licensed HVAC technician would be able to deal with any furnace maintenance concerns or handle any repairs you may need to have done on your unit. They will also be able to suggest the proper maintenance schedule, among other services. Yes, it may cost you some, but nothing compared to the costs you may have to pay if you further complicate things by taking matters into your own hands and trying the repairs yourself.