A natural gas furnace has three main parts that you need to be aware of. The first is your heat source. This is obviously what provides the warmth for your home. The next part is the distribution source, which is what moves the heat throughout your home. The last part is the control system. The control system is your thermostat, and that is what allows you to regulate the temperature and the amount of heat your furnace puts out.
When you own a furnace, there is some regular maintenance you need to perform on it in order to keep it running well for you. Check out the list below to make sure you are performing proper maintenance on your furnace.
One of the most important parts of furnace maintenance is making sure you clean or replace the filter. How often you do this will depend on the furnace and the filter, but there should be some guidelines when you buy the filter. Replacing your filter is extremely important because if you don’t, it will restrict the heat flow causing your price for heat to significantly increase.
Another piece of easy maintenance is checking your drain line. The drain line is a part of newer furnaces and it can easily dislodge or disconnect, so you will just want to make sure it is in the correct place.
Opening your low returns is the next step in your furnace maintenance. These are probably closed during the hot weather, so you will want to open them for heating season.
Now, you will want to move outside to check your outside venting. This is a PVC pipe that leads out of your house. The only thing you will want to do with this is make sure it is all cleaned out and not obstructed by anything.
You will want to perform these checks on your furnace before heating season. Also, you will want to make sure to have your furnace checked by a professional once a year or once every two years. The professional will do some tests to make sure everything is working properly and you have nothing to worry about.