Fall Home Maintenance Checklist

Maintence Tips for Homeowners

Fall Maintenance Tips for Homeowners

• Have furnace or heating system serviced by a qualified service company every two years for a gas furnace, and every year for an oil furnace, or as recommended by the manufacturer.
• If you have central air conditioning, make sure the drain pan under the cooling coil mounted in the furnace plenum is draining properly and is clean.
• Lubricate circulating pump on hot water heating system.
• Bleed air from hot water radiators.
• Disconnect the power to the furnace and examine the forced-air furnace fan belt, if installed, for wear, looseness or noise; clean fan blades of any dirt buildup.
• Check chimneys for obstructions such as nests.
• Vacuum electric baseboard heaters to remove dust.
• Remove the grilles on forced-air systems and vacuum inside the ducts.
• Turn ON gas furnace pilot light (if your furnace has one), set the thermostat to “heat” and test the furnace for proper operation by raising the thermostat setting until the furnace starts to operate. Once you have confirmed proper operation, return the thermostat to the desired setting.
• Check and clean or replace furnace air filters each month during the heating season. Ventilation system, such as heat recovery ventilator, filters should be checked every two months.

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