Furnaces work hard during the winter months. Parts can wear out and your furnace can get rundown under the pressure of a winter workload. Summer presents the perfect time to make repairs that are needed to prepare your furnace for the next winter season.
You won't have to worry about rushing through the repair process since most households don't run their furnace during the summer. This makes the summer months a great time to invest the time and attention your furnace needs to run efficiently in the future.
1. Electrical Repairs
Your furnace needs access to a steady supply of electricity to function properly. Problems with the electrical wiring inside the furnace can compromise the efficiency of your unit. Use the summer months to conduct a thorough inspection of all electrical wires running to and from your furnace.
Have an experienced HVAC technician replace any wires that appear to be worn or damaged so that an electrical short will not cause your furnace to stop working this winter.
2. Dirt-Related Repairs
All furnaces should be cleaned during the summer months. A buildup of dirt or debris on the surface of furnace components can create problems. Your HVAC technician will be able to eliminate any dirt or debris that may have accumulated while your furnace was running at full capacity during the winter.
Any damage to the blower motor, motor mounts, or heat exchanger caused by dirt can be repaired after your furnace has been thoroughly cleaned.
Regular clean-outs during the summer months can improve the performance of your furnace and help you avoid major breakdowns during the coming winter.
3. Carbon Monoxide Detector Repairs
Most residential furnaces are fueled by natural gas. Carbon monoxide is a gas byproduct of the combustion process used to turn natural gas into usable heat. Exposure to carbon monoxide can be deadly, so your furnace should be equipped with a carbon monoxide detector that will alert your family to the presence of this deadly gas.
The summer months are a great time to test your carbon monoxide detectors. You won't have to worry about the testing process interfering with the detection of carbon monoxide since no combustion takes place during the summer months.
A furnace repair contractor can test your safety equipment and make any repairs needed to ensure that all of your carbon monoxide detectors are working properly before you fire up your furnace next winter.