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Shutting Down Your Vero Beach Furnace Until Next Winter: What Needs to Be Done?

furnace-thermostatWe’ve made it a few months into the year and, at this point, it’s pretty clear that we’ve seen the last of the cold weather until next winter. What this means is that furnace season in Vero Beach is mostly over. Now, all that’s left to do is to turn off our furnaces.

 

The question is, how is this done? What exactly do you need to do when shutting down your furnace for the year? Read on to find out!

 

Turn Your Furnace Off 

Often times, when homeowners shut down their furnaces for the season, they do so only by switching their thermostats from heat to cold. What they don’t realize is that, in failing to shut down their furnaces properly, they are wasting gas and, ultimately, losing money.

 

Want to avoid this problem? All you have to do is to turn off the gas that leads into your furnace. Find out how to safely turn off your furnace gas by clicking here.

 

Clean Around the Furnace

After you’ve shut off the gas to your furnace, you should consider cleaning the area directly around it. Doing so will help to prevent dust and other debris particles from making their way into your furnace system.

 

At the very least, try to provide your furnace with a foot of clearance. If you have the desire and ability, you might also consider getting into the furnace and cleaning its many components as well.

 

Check Your Carbon Monoxide Detectors

While in operation, furnaces produce a number of toxic gases. One of the most toxic of these gases is carbon monoxide.

 

Though your furnace should contain all of the carbon monoxide with no trouble, mishaps can occur. Unfortunately, these mishaps can be very dangerous, leading to serious sickness or even death.

 

For this reason, every time you turn on or turn off your furnace for the year, you should also test your carbon monoxide detectors. Their proper operation is key to your safety.

 

Change the HVAC Filter

Your HVAC air filter is needed to prevent dust and other debris from making their way into your furnace, air conditioner, and duct system. Unfortunately, HVAC air filters lose their filtering abilities fairly quickly, becoming inundated with substantial amounts of debris in just a short time.

 

Because of this, it’s important that you change your air filter regularly. We recommend changing it every 1 to 2 months, as well as every time you stop using one of your climate control systems for the year.

 

In short, if you’re shutting down your furnace, you should also be changing your air filter.

 

Make Any Necessary Repairs

One last thing to do when shutting down your Vero Beach heating system for the year is to make any needed repairs. Perhaps your furnace thermocouple is dirty and deteriorated? Maybe your air ducts are clogged? Whatever the case may be, if there’s a problem with your furnace, you should have it fixed before giving your furnace any down time.

 

A good practice for catching furnace problems is to schedule annual Vero Beach furnace inspection. By having a professional Vero Beach HVAC specialist take a look at your furnace before shutdown, you can catch and fix any nagging problems that may exist.

 

Utilize Furnace Maintenance Services in Vero Beach

Do you need help shutting down your furnace for the year? Looking to utilize professional furnace maintenance services in Vero Beach? If so, All American Air & Electric is the company to call.

 

Our team of HVAC technicians is well-versed in the inspection, maintenance, and repair of all types of furnaces. Regardless of your furnace needs, we can help you.

 

Contact us right now to discuss your needs!

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