Your furnace, much like all the other appliances in your home, needs a whole lot of love, care and maintenance. It requires routine, regular attention to ensure that it is properly functioning at its peak levels all winter long. Without routine maintenance your furnace, over time, will perform at reduced energy efficiency levels and may present with a variety of service and repair issues. It is important for you to take proper steps to maintain your furnace so that it will continue to function at full force throughout the winter months and continue to contribute to your home’s energy efficiency.

Routine maintenance of your furnace does not require a great deal of time, energy or money. But rather, involves regular care of your HVAC system so as to avoid any loss of service or costly repairs. With this in mind, the professionals here at Hometown Comfort have put together some simple tips to help you maintain your furnace all winter long and keep your home and family cozy.

  • When performing your own simple maintenance, whether your furnace is electric or gas, make certain to first turn the furnace off.   Every furnace has an on off switch, so be sure to turn it off before you start. We certainly do not want any mishaps to occur.


  • Once the furnace is off, you can begin your maintenance program with the vacuuming of any debris, dust, dirt or any other type of build up from all the corners and nooks of your furnace. It is best to use a vacuum cleaner that has a long snorkel attachment to accomplish this simple task.


  • Next, take time to check out your filter and fan belt. This is definitely a very important step in your regular maintenance process. Check your filter to ensure that it is not dirty or just too worn out. A dirty filter is one of the primary causes of a malfunctioning furnace and inefficiency as well. Some filters can last more than three months before they have to be cleaned or replaced where others need to be replaced monthly.


  • Then take time out to check your furnace fan belt. The fan belt drives the blower and undergoes a good deal of every day wear and tear. Over time the fan belt can become loose or even break, causing your furnace to stop functioning. So, it is important to ensure that the fan belt is not cracked, loose or glazed. If you see any of these indications then surely it is time to replace it.


We hope you find these maintenance tips helpful when you set out to performing your own routine maintenance of your HVAC system. By engaging in these simple tasks, you will keep your furnace running effectively and efficiently and keep your home warm and comfortable all winter long. However, if you find you do not have the time nor the skill set to maintain your furnace or simply are not comfortable doing so, then don’t fret. The experts here at Hometown Comfort are the ideal team for you. You can always rely upon our products, services and professional technicians to take care of your every need. We take tremendous pride in providing all our valued clients with top of the line products and services, whether winter, spring, summer or fall. If you are in need of routine maintenance for your furnace, just give a call out to our team and we will be there in a jiffy. We look forward to serving you and send along wishes from our family to yours for a safe and happy 2018 ahead!!

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