Keeping your heater clean is one of the best ways to avoid a breakdown. If you don’t want to pay for expensive repairs or replacement in the near future, then it’s time to start taking care of your furnace. Here are three top tips for cleaning out your heating system and getting the most out of your investment:

1. Take a Safe Approach

When cleaning your furnace, the most important step is the first: turning off the furnace. You want it to be powered off and if you have a gas furnace, you may also want to turn off the gas.

For some specific tests and cleaning strategies, such as looking at the burner color to determine how clean the burners are, you may need to leave the heater on. For now, however, start with everything turned off.

Use gloves and a mask if it’s particularly dirty because you don’t want to breathe in those particulates. When you approach your cleaning like our San Antonio HVAC professionals at MD Air Conditioning & Heating, you set yourself up for success.

2. Clean out the Blower Assembly

The blower assembly consists of a fan that helps move the heat generated by the furnace into your ventilation and then throughout your home. Since this part is so important, it’s also very important that you keep it clean.

Too much dust and dirt can result in low-quality air blowing throughout your home, plus it can simply slow down the furnace and result in slower, more expensive heating. The fan is fairly easy to remove once you remove the front panel, which can easily be accomplished with a screwdriver.

3. Vacuum Dust and Debris

General cleaning of the furnace interior is always a good idea if you haven’t done it in a while. Simply get down in the nooks and crannies with a vacuum hose, cleaning out as much dirt and debris as you can. Be careful around sensitive areas like the flame sensor and the pilot light.

If you’ve tried your hand at cleaning but your problems still persist, then it’s time to call in the experts at MD Air Conditioning & Heating. We know San Antonio heating, so if your furnace can be fixed, we can do it. We’re open seven days a week. From installing your new air conditioner to fixing your old heater and making it as good as new, we’ve got the expertise you need. We can also attend to your indoor air quality. Give us a call or visit us online to set up a quick and easy appointment.

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