Your condensing furnace is just like other major appliances in that it experiences wear-and-tear damage over the years. Although condensing furnaces are incredibly efficient and long-lasting, they aren’t invincible. Without regular check-ups and preventive maintenance, any component can run into problems, including the thermostat, heat exchanger, condensing unit, evaporator coil and vents and ductwork.
Instead of crossing your fingers and hoping for the best, make sure to set aside time for regular inspections, and when necessary, updates. You don’t have to be a repair expert, either. Here are three common-sense maintenance practices any business or homeowner can handle on their own.
1.) Keep your vents and filters clean. Furnace vents and filters are notorious for collecting dust, dirt, pollen, hair and other debris in the air. Every unit develops some buildup, but if you want your furnace to run efficiently, it’s important to regularly clean vents and filters. If you’re in a rush, take a damp washcloth and carefully run it over the vents. For more thorough cleanings, you can use a shop or canister vacuum to eradicate any debris. Don’t forget to replace your filters, either. We recommend doing so every three to four months.
2.) Inspect blower belts, exhaust and fans. Your condensing furnace contains a hodgepodge of parts that work in coordination to keep your home or commercial building warm. Some of the most important components of your condensing furnace are blower belts, exhaust and fans. When you inspect your unit, look for tears or pieces missing from the belts. You should also clear the exhaust of any obstructions, such as dirt or grime, and make sure the fans are functioning at full capacity.
3.) Check your condensate neutralizer. Condensate furnaces release acidic runoff that can damage your piping, grate work or landscaping. To avoid these and other problems, make sure to change out your condensate neutralizer regularly. Our Neutra-Safe line of condensate neutralizers has patented integrated units, making service easy. They also contain superior media made of a proprietary blend that maximizes your furnace’s performance.
By regularly maintaining your gas furnace, you can keep it in great shape for years to come. If you have questions about our product line or need some advice for your own operation, feel free to reach out at any time. Simply call (781) 616-3951.