How to Extend the Life of Your Furnace

How to Extend the Life of Your Furnace

December 4, 2019

Michigan winters can be rough, and the last thing you want on a cold winter’s night is find yourself without heat. Thankfully, there are things you can do throughout the year that will help extend the life of your furnace and ensure it is in top working order on even the coldest nights of the year. How do you make your furnace last longer in Dearborn, MI? Read on to find out!

Replace the filter

The simplest, most effective and least costly thing you can do to extend the life of your furnace is replace the filter. When you neglect to replace your filter, it becomes saturated with dust and debris. Your furnace has to work harder to move air through a clogged filter, which can cause your system to overheat and burn out. The strain on the unit can lead to premature failure of your system.

Filters come in different sizes, and how often you change your filter depends on its size. Generally, one- and two-inch filters should be changed every three months, four-inch filters every six months and five-inch filters every 12 months. However, other factors may cause your filter to need to be changed more frequently. For example, if you have pets or a smoker in your home, your filter will need to be replaced more frequently.

Schedule annual maintenance

Having your furnace inspected annually will prolong the life of the system, save energy and even reduce health risks. About 75 percent of emergency furnace repairs could have been prevented by annual maintenance. During an annual maintenance check, a professional will check your unit for any existing or potential problems, which can help save you money on future repair costs. They also clean, test and inspect every aspect of your system. Through regularly cleaning and fixing minor issues, a professional can extend the life of your furnace.

Reduce the load

When existing customers who are already on top of their furnace maintenance ask us the question, “How do I make my furnace last longer?” our answer is simple: reduce the load on your furnace.

A furnace can last 15 to 20 years without needing to be replaced, unless it is overworked. In the middle of a Michigan winter, however, you might be wondering how you can reduce the load on your furnace without sacrificing your own comfort.

There are a few simple things you can do. Ensuring that leaks and drafts around windows and doors are sealed is one simple way you can reduce the load on your furnace. Another thing you can do is ensure that your home, and particularly your attic, is sufficiently insulated. Turning your heat to a lower temperature while you’re gone for the day can also help reduce the load on your furnace and, subsequently, extend its lifespan.

If you want to get the most out of your furnace this year and every year, Kaltec Heating & Cooling would love to help. We offer top-notch heating services and heating installation in Dearborn, MI and the surrounding areas. To schedule your next service, contact us today!

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