Running your home comfort heating and cooling appliances for a long run depends on your treatment with them. Ever wondered why people review differently on the efficiency of a product or the product installation service company? Even when the product is same and so is the technical staff, sometimes people have totally different feedbacks. Someone from Toronto might tell that Rheem water heater was the best product they ever bought while someone else from Hamilton may appear complaining that Rheem's water heater of the same model did not last longer at their home. A company may be receiving 95% positive customer reviews and in that, a couple of homeowners may pop out complaining of poor services.
So, what's that?

There's no denying the fact that we're living in the world where nothing's perfect. A product could be faulty, or the services may not have been up to the standards. But there's also another possibility and that is; the homeowners themselves ruined the product due to improper keeping and maintenance. Keeping proper maintenance is what gives the home comfort devices a longer life span and a saving of energy and money. Since we know that you wish to learn how could you keep good maintenance of appliances, here are some quick DIY maintenance hacks for furnaces.


DIY Furnace maintenance hacks:

Checking for gas leaks

That's important! Gas leakage from the gas pipes doesn't just mean a high bill, it also means that you're risking yourself if the leakage goes serious. The simple DIY tricks to make sure there are no gas leaks are given below:

1. It's as simple as that. Smell around the furnace gas piping. In case you sense no smell, great! But if you feel something fishy fishy, make sure to call professional help. No more DIY.

2. The gas leakage could be so negligible that you may fail to sense it. For that, dissolve some detergent in water. Pour that solution over the gas piping. If there's a gas leakage, bubbles will form as the liquid flows through the leaked pipe area.

Cleaning the blower: 


You can find the blower assembly at the very bottom of a furnace (In most models). The furnace blower gets dusty over time and this dust and debris take away its otherwise fair efficiency. It is for this reason that cleaning the blower fan is as much an important part of furnace maintenance as cleaning the other parts it.
1. Turn all power supplies off before opening the blower assembly. Warning!

2. Replace the front panel carefully depending on its type. Some front panels are screw fixed, others have hinges.

3. It's finally the time to clean the fan. For that, take the fan out from the fan unit.

4. Use an old toothbrush and clean the spaces between the blades.

Cleaning the blower assembly is crucial for furnace maintenance. It is because the blower assembly is the very area that pulls the air from the back of the furnace, heats it and provides it for warming the room. The dirty or clogged fan will contribute to unhealthy indoor air quality.

DIY Heat exchanger cleaning: 


Furnace heat exchanger

1. Switch off all power supplies before doing any cleaning process in the heat exchanger chambers.

2. Use a soft brush to clean the chambers. A vacuum could do a better cleaning of the small areas where the brush would fail to do the work.

Cleaning/replacing furnace filters: 


Furnace filters

1. Take the filter out of the furnace.

2. Furnace filters are available at cheap prices. The easiest and quick furnace maintenance tip is to replace the older furnace with a newer one.

3. If you can manage to clean the filters, use some soap water and clean them using a brush until they're fully cleaned.

4. Dry the filters and place them back.

Using these simple DIY furnace maintenance hacks, you can not only increase the lifespan of your furnace but can also save the maintenance cost.

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