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Winter is coming fast, and you need to be ready! From all of us here at Whipple, here are some tips that will help you get a head start on making sure that your furnace is ready to keep your whole family cozy this season!

First things first. Make sure it works! It has likely been a few months since you have kicked it, on since we are coming down from the summer months. This means the logical first step is to turn the thermostat up a few degrees and see if it works. If you don’t hear the heat flare up after about a minute, you can check and make sure the connections are attached correctly, it’ll be fairly obvious if they aren’t. If they are connected but it isn’t firing up, call a professional!

Another great tip is to be sure that your air filters are clean! You should ideally be changing them every month or so (some filters say to change every 90 days, but the sooner the better). Changing them often maximizes the filters ability to give you clean and fresh air in the home. Also, if you have a permanent filter installed, be sure to clean it as directed! Keeping these filters clean is a small but powerful quality of life change that will keep your home feeling brand new all winter long!

When it comes to cleaning, another powerful tool at your disposal is to clean the motor of your furnace. (Only if required, and be sure to take advice at the discretion of your model/motor). Cleaning out the motor and removing all the built up grime and dust inside will strengthen the effects of the clean filter. Pushing more clean air going through both the motor and filter, and ultimately through your entire home. Be sure to clean each individual rotor, and get all of the dust out of the bearings and their cover(s). If you see an oil-y build up in your motor, then it is likely time to call a professional to get a tune up!

Next up, when dealing with anything gas or heat related, it is always a good idea to test your Carbon Monoxide detectors. These are critical for the safety of you and everyone in the home, and it is always a good idea to make sure they are operational and ready to perform at peak ability. Be sure to get your detectors tested often. If you live in a home that has a chimney, it is a very good idea to clear it out this time of year. Chimneys can likely house nasty pests like rats, raccoons, mice, and other things like birds who are all looking for a warm place to call home. Carbon monoxide build-up can also take place in chimneys, and this is another safety hazard that should be fixed at your earliest convenience. Be sure to get them professionally cleaned at least once a year and keep those smoke stacks looking brand new!

Additional things that should be done periodically, but only by a licensed professional are things like testing the igniter switch, re-igniting the pilot light, swapping out your heat exchanger, and (in the case of oil based systems) replacing oil filters.

 

Be sure to become a club member with Whipple Service Champions, as many of these services are free for our members!