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Steps to Take When Shutting Down Your Furnace

Posted by Ed Heil on Mar 13, 2014 6:33:00 PM

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It's been a long, cold winter and your furnace has come through the brutal temperatures like a champion. If you could hug the old "lug" you would, instead, you want to be sure you put your system to rest until you need to call it into action again. So, what needs to be done to put the furnace into hibernation for the summer season? Here are some steps to take when shutting down your furnace.

Change Filters

As we always recommend, air filters need to be changed once a month and this is a natural time to make sure you're staying on top of it. Take the time to clean or replace the filters before getting ready to crank up your air conditioning. Dirt can be a problem for furnaces!

Clean out furnace debris

While the filters are out, get out the broom or hand-held vacuum and get rid of any excess debris or dirt that is within or near the furnace. You should also check your floor vents and ducts and give them a quick cleaning.

Assess the overall condition of the furnace

Take a look around and see if there is anything that looks out of place or dangerous. Are there water leaks or stains anywhere? If you sense there are things not quite right, call in a certified tech for a more thorough inspection.

Have a professional check your HVAC system

Having a professional do an end-of-season check-up can put you at ease for not only the off season, but also when the heating season returns (all too soon) because your unit will be ready to go. By bringing in a pro, they’ll likely look at the following:

  • Check the flue draft and all the safety controls
  • Make sure the electrical connections are secure and safe
  • Confirm there are no carbon monoxide issues
  • Lubricate moving parts
  • Calibrate your thermostat

We shift gears quickly here in Minnesota from the dead of winter to the warm spring and summer months. Plan now, to get your furnace ready for the summer shut down, and rest easy that your appliance is in great shape until next fall.

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