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

Remove the combustion chamber door

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Inspect the burner flames

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Vacuum out the burner and blower cavities

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Remove the blower to clean it

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Vacuum and brush the blower blades

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Change the furnace filter

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Blow dust off the pilot

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Clean the flame sensor

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Dust the hot surface igniter without touching it

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Inspect the drive belt

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Lubricate bearings if necessary

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Adjust dampers if necessary

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Seal leaky air ducts

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