The winter season is about to end in most part of the United States, including California. It’s important that homeowners make preparation for the change of season, and that includes a seasonal furnace shutdown.
In fact, the furnace that keeps the home warm during the winter months should be shut down at the end of the season to conserve energy.
A seasonal furnace shutdown does not just involve turning off the system. You need to perform a number of other steps to prepare furnace for the next winter. Here are 5 furnace maintenance tips to when shutting down the system at the end of the winter season.
Be sure to call ABC Cooling, Heating & Plumbing for help with this and all your other furnace maintenance needs!
1. Shut off the gas supply
Older furnaces have a standing pilot light. If you have such a system, you should shut off the gas supply to turn off the pilot light. The pilot light consumes gas, so it should be turned off when the furnace will not be in use for a long time.
2. Clean the surrounding area
Is your furnace located in a storage closet or the basement? If so, you should consider cleaning all the junk or boxes that lie around the furnace. You should keep the area around the furnace clean and free of any items. This is important, as it will ensure that dirt, dust, and other items do not enter the system and damage it.
3. Inspect the carbon monoxide detectors
You should always check the carbon monoxide detectors when shutting down the furnace at the end of the winter season. This is important as the furnace usually detects small cracks inside the combustion chamber that is not visible. Carbon monoxide can leak from these cracks so it’s imperative that you ensure that the detector is in good working condition.
4. Inspect the air registers
Sometimes dirt and debris accumulate inside the return and supply registers. That’s why it’s important that you have them checked and cleaned by a professional technician. Also, you should walk around the home and make sure all the air registers are kept open and clear of obstructions.
5. Clean or replace the filters
Lastly, you should have the furnace filters cleaned or repaired by a professional. Dirt, dust, and other debris tend to accumulate inside the filters. If the filter becomes clogged, the debris might get inside the system thereby doing costly damage to the system. Having the filter cleaned or repaired is, therefore, important after the end of the winter season.
Call ABC for seasonal furnace shutdown help
You should always contact a professional to maintain or clean the furnace. If you want the help of expert technicians in the Bay Area, you can contact ABC Cooling, Heating & Plumbing.
Our technicians can make a thorough inspection of the system and make the necessary repairs. We serve the areas of Hayward, San Jose, and the surrounding areas in the east and south Bay area.