Give Your Furnace A Free Inspection

Oct 17, 2011

By Staff Writer State Farm™ Employee

No one wants to huddle around a space heater when a furnace malfunctions, so donít give your heating system the cold shoulder. Watch out for signals that your furnace might have a problem. Waiting until there is a problem could cost you comfort and cash. 

What you can do: 
Different heating systems require different maintenance. Take a quick tour of your furnace area to identify any potential problems in the making.

  • Check the pilot flame on older gas furnaces. An orange or yellow standing pilot flame (instead of blue) could be a sign of a problem. Inspect exposed ductwork for loose fittings or holes. Air leaks often leave dirt streaks on ducts.
  • Keep your grills and registers free of dirt and debris. Dirty vents impede airflow.
  • Look for signs of rust or signs of corrosion on your system.
  • Inspect the blower and belt, if there is one. A cracked belt needs to be replaced.
  • Replace or clean the air filter. Doing this on a monthly basis may cut your energy bill by 5 percent and protect your system from damage, according to the California Energy Commission. 
  • Allow sufficient air flow around your heating unit by keeping stored items well back from the furnace.
Leave it to the pros: 
Donít wait until the first cold day of winter to have a heating expert perform a seasonal inspection. A professional should take these and other steps to maintain and service your heating system.

Check the thermostat to be sure the settings are operating properly.

  • Test the system controls.
  • Lubricate moving parts to reduce friction in the motors and reduce energy use. 
  • Inspect the system for carbon monoxide leaks. 
  • Inspect the heat exchanger.
  • Look at the flue for separated joints or holes.
Why stop with the furnace? Check out more fall maintenance projects for your home.  

The information in this article was obtained from various sources. While we believe it to be reliable and accurate, we do not warrant the accuracy or reliability of the information. These suggestions are not a complete list of every loss control measure. The information is not intended to replace manuals or instructions provided by the manufacturer or the advice of a qualified professional. Nor is it intended to effect coverage under any policy. State Farm makes no guarantees of results from use of this information. We assume no liability in connection with the information nor the suggestions made.

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