Don’t Forget to Change Your Furnace Filter!
Tips To Keep Your Furnace on the Up and Up.
Winters can be pretty harsh here on the South Shore. You need a heating system you can rely on. Proper maintenance is an important part of keeping your furnace working as efficiently as possible and for as long as possible. One important piece of furnace maintenance is replacing the filter. How often you should replace your furnace filter depends on how thick it is.
Here are the general guidelines for how often to change your furnace filter based on its thickness:
- 1-inch to 2-inch filters, replace every 1 to 3 months
- 3-inch to 4-inch filters, replace every 6 to 9 months
- 5-inch to 6-inch filters, replace every 9 to 12 months
It’s important to change your filters as recommended. Don’t forget to change your furnace filter because a clogged filter can cause your heating system to shut down. Keep reading to find out how to troubleshoot when your furnace isn’t running. You’ll see that checking the filters is one of the steps.
What to Do When You Furnace Isn’t Running
If your furnace isn’t running, there are a few things you should try before you call for professional help:
- Make sure your thermostat is on and has fresh batteries. Then adjust your thermostat five degrees higher than the current room temperature. For some thermostats you’ll also need to select “heat.” If your furnace doesn’t start up after a few minutes, go to step 2.
- Make sure that your system’s power switch is set to the “on” position. If it is, go to step 3.
- Check your oil tank. Is it at least 1/8 full? If it isn’t, call Scott Williams for a heating oil delivery. If you have more than 1/8 of a tank, go to step 4.
- Check your circuit breaker box. Are all the circuit breakers on? If they are, go to step 5.
- Turn off the system’s power so you can check how clean your filters are. A clogged filter can cause your system to overheat and shut down. To locate the filter, look along the return air duct. If it’s clean, go to step 6.
- Press and hold the “reset” button on the burner for 3 seconds. If your heat doesn’t come on after a few moments, do not push the button again. You could flood the combustion chamber with too much oil and then have a lengthy and costly repair on your hands. It’s time to contact Scott Williams for service.
The Benefits of Automatic Delivery
A likely culprit when your furnace stops running is that you’ve run out of fuel. You can prevent that and make your life easier by signing up for automatic delivery. You won’t have to monitor your tank anymore. Scott Williams will do that for you. You also won’t have to worry about a run-out or call for deliveries. For no additional fee, we’ll track your usage, keep an eye on the weather, and schedule your deliveries for when you’ve got about ¼ of a tank left.
Trust Scott Williams
At Scott Williams, we repair, maintain, sell, and install furnaces. So whatever your furnace needs are, we can help.
Contact Scott Williams today to learn more or to sign up for automatic delivery.