Do It Yourself Furnace Maintenance Will Save A Repair Bill

Save money and increase your heating system's efficiency and comfort by following these simple steps to keep your furnace in tip-top condition.

Winter’s tough enough without your furnace dying or not putting out enough heat. And when it comes to furnaces, an ounce of prevention truly is worth a pound of cure. So here are some basic maintenance tasks that you can do to ensure that your natural gas or propane-fueled furnace stays running in peak condition all winter. Together, these tasks will take you less than three hours to do, cost only a few dollars, and require a few basic hand tools. That’s pretty cheap insurance for a worry-free winter of cozy, cost-effective warmth.

By the DIY experts of The Family Handyman Magazine

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Remove the combustion chamber door

Inspect the burner flames

Vacuum out the burner and blower cavities

Remove the blower to clean it

Vacuum and brush the blower blades

Change the furnace filter

Blow dust off the pilot

Clean the flame sensor

Dust the hot surface igniter without touching it

Inspect the drive belt

Lubricate bearings if necessary

Adjust dampers if necessary

Seal leaky air ducts