Protect Your New Furnace From Damage This Winter

28 January 2015
 Categories: Business, Blog


After having a new furnace installed, it is important that you keep it maintained. This is especially true during the coldest months of the year. Taking a few steps now could save you in the long run. You and your family will remain comfortable, and you won't have to sink your hard-earned money into repairs.

Use These Materials

  • flashlight
  • wet/dry vacuum cleaner
  • rag
  • scrub brush
  • duct tape
  • caulk
  • caulking gun
  • soapy water
  • water hose

Clean The Components Behind The Access Panel

Before beginning, turn off the power that runs to your furnace to avoid serious injuries. Open the access panel and gently pull out the filter. Behind it, you will see the blower assembly. This consists of the fan, pulleys, and the motor housing. Wipe off any dirty surfaces with a rag. If dust has accumulated, use the hose on your vacuum cleaner to remove it. Wipe off the interior walls before replacing the filter and closing the access panel. 

Empty The Condensate Pan And Line

The condensate pan is located underneath your furnace. It is responsible for collecting condensation if the condensate line becomes clogged. Pull this part out to see if there is any water in it. If so, empty it outside and clean it with a scrub brush, soapy water, and a water hose. Check the end of the condensate line to see if any debris is caught inside. This line runs from your furnace and leads outside.

Attach the hose from your wet/dry vacuum with duct tape to the end of the line. Run the vacuum for a couple minutes to collect anything that is causing an obstruction. Use a narrow scrub brush to assist with removing any debris that is caught on the interior sides of the line.  

Check For Drafts

If you notice any gaps in your home's wall surrounding the condensate line, fill them with caulk. Squeeze a thin line of caulk directly on the gap with a caulking gun. This product will take a few hours to dry, but will prevent cold air from coming into your home once it cures. This could cut back on the amount of energy you use and prevent vital parts in your furnace from becoming worn out.

Once finished, turn the power back on to your furnace. The maintenance tips that you have completed will help keep your furnace operating the proper way. Have your furnace professionally inspected each year before it turns cold. Doing this and keeping your furnace maintained will prevent many major problems from occurring. Ask experts like Glendale Heating & Air Conditioning for more info.