Inspect Your Furnace Before the Chill
Home Page
Rental Search
Personal Info
Info Request
Homes For Sale
Area Information
Additional Info
Do you qualify for your property tax base to be transferred?
Buyers Request Form
Sellers Request Form
What is Mello-Roos?
Capital Gains
Truth-In-Lending Questions & Answers
Identity Fraud
New Options of Holding Property Title
Inspect Your Furnace Before the Chill
What is title insurance?
Understanding Your Credit Score!
Leases - Available
What's My Home Worth?
Free Real Estate Reports
Dream Home Finder
Home Buying Info
15 Reasons Why I Should be Your Real Estate Agent
Different Types of Real Estate Home Loans
For Sale by Owner Real Estate Info
Free E-mail Property Updates
Free Market Update
Free Real Estate Newsletter
Home Gardening Info
Home Improvement
Home Moving Assistance
How Much Real Estate Can You Afford
Just for Kids
My Real Estate Link Partners
Real Estate and Mortgage Glossary
Real Estate Mortgage Programs
Real Estate Refinancing Information
Real Estate Tax Info
Selecting your next home
Tourism and Travel
Why Select me to Help You Sell Real Estate
Why Select me to Represent you when Buying Your Next Home
Real Estate Mortgage Calculators
Real Estate and Consumer Info
Real Estate and Community Bulletin Board
Free Property Updates
My Listings
Property Search - Residential
Property Search (California RETS - Rental)
Property Search (California RETS - Mobile Home)
Property Search (California RETS - Land/Lot)
Property Search (California RETS - Residential Income)
Inspect Furnace Before the Chill

Saturday, September 13, 2003

The Orange County Register

Even though warm weather is still with us, it's a good time to inspect your gas-burning forced-air furnace to get ready for the heating season.

In fact, some of the same steps you take to get your furnace ready for cold weather are the ones you'd take to maintain it for any remaining hot days when you'd use it to power your central air conditioning.

Even if you have no intention of inspecting – let alone maintaining – the furnace yourself, it would help you to know what needs to be done when you hire someone.

• Perhaps the first thing that should be done by you or anyone you hire is to remove anything around the furnace that would hamper its ability to draw air. Without sufficient air flow, the furnace works that much harder, requires more energy to run and therefore costs you more money.

• Next, turn off your furnace. If you've been running it for awhile, make sure the blower stops before the inspection starts.

• Lift or slide out the blower- compartment cover at the front of the furnace.

• Examine the compartment. It's probably dirty, as is the air filter.

• Remove the air filter and clean it (if it's that type) or replace it. Air filters almost certainly will need to be cleaned or replaced at the start of each heating and air-conditioning season. A dirty air filter will cause the furnace to work harder, taking a toll on its longevity and costing you more money every month to keep it going. Make a note of the size of the filter, if you can read it on the old one. If you can't and will buy the filter yourself, measure its length, width and thickness so you can buy a new one easily.

• With the filter removed, the blower compartment will need to be cleaned. A vacuum cleaner with hose attachments may be used to remove dirt and dust.

• Set your thermostat on "Heat." Set the temperature gauge well above room temperature so the system turns on. Use two of your senses – hearing and smell – to judge whether the system is working properly. If you're hearing mechanical noises that don't seem to be part of the regular workings of the system, that could indicate a problem. So, too, would any strange odors indicate a problem. (Note that the heating system may have a slight musty odor for a short time and that is not unusual when it has not been used for months.)

• After you've turned your furnace heating system on for awhile, pay particular attention to any flu-like symptoms you or members of your family might feel. It could indicate escaping carbon monoxide. If so, immediately turn off the system and open your home's windows to air out. Then call your local heating/cooling contractor.

In many areas, your local gas company will send someone out to inspect your furnace for free if you request it. Any maintenance and repair will be up to you, though.



Bennion Deville Homes
27941 La Paz Road Suite A • Laguna Niguel, CA 92677
Phone: (949)463-1394 • CA BRE# 01312208
Committed to Your Real Estate Needs

Laguna Niguel , Aliso ViejoDana Point, Laguna BeachSan Juan Capistrano

Copyright © 1997-2017 Superlative Inc. All Rights Reserved.