Spring Cleaning for Your Furnace

Spring usually means warmer temperatures and more time spent outdoors. Many homeowners don't give their furnace a second thought during the spring when the heating services a furnace provides are not required. Just because you might not rely on your furnace in the spring months doesn't mean that you should overlook the care and maintenance of this important appliance.

Take the time to do some spring cleaning for your furnace so that it will be ready to fire up when winter comes once again.

Clean the Condenser

Your furnace collects air from the outside environment and brings it into your home to be heated. This air travels through a specialized pipe known as the condenser. The condenser is located outside your home, which means that it is exposed to the elements throughout the harsh winter months.

Spring is the perfect time to clean the condenser so that it will not deteriorate before the next winter. Remove any leaves, dirt, or debris that might have collected on the condenser pipe so that the pipe is completely unobstructed. This thorough cleaning will help you ensure the efficiency and safety of your furnace when you are ready to use it to heat your home once again.

Replace the Air Filter

All furnaces are equipped with an air filter that helps to remove dirt and contaminants from the air pulled in by the furnace from outside. The air passes through the filter, and contaminant particles become trapped in the filter fibers.

When a filter becomes clogged, the efficiency of your furnace is compromised. A filter can easily become clogged during the winter months when your furnace sees a significant amount of use. Be sure that you swap out the filter in the spring so that your furnace will be ready to perform properly next winter.

Clean the Furnace Housing

The interior surfaces of your furnace can become quite dusty during the winter months. Dust can collect on the fan blades and along the interior walls near the blower motor. Dust that remains inside your furnace can be pushed into your home along with the heated air. This increases the risk of respiratory irritation and can make allergies much worse.

After a long winter filled with daily use, your furnace will need a thorough cleaning. Use a vacuum to eliminate dust from the housing, and use a soft cloth to wipe down the blower motor fan blades to prevent dust and allergens from entering your home through your air ducts. 

Contact a company like D & R Service Inc for more information about caring for or repairing your furnace.