AC and Heating Maintenance

Summer in Houston provides more than enough heat for residents. So, the furnace will sit quietly until the few winter months come again. Many people are not sure what to do with their furnace over the many months of summer. Should I turn it off? Do I continue to maintain its quality? Is there anything I need to do before the summer?

These questions you may have are important when it comes to your furnace. There are a few actions you can take to ensure the quality of your furnace during the summer season. Follow the tips below to make sure your furnace is in tip-top shape next winter.

Steps Toward a Hibernating Furnace

Homeowners’ furnaces will enter hibernation for the long summer months, so a handful of steps need to be taken in order for the furnace to run smoothly next winter.

1. Turn off the pilot light

2010 marked the year most gas furnaces switched to electronic ignitions. However, furnaces can last up to 20 years. That said, you will want to turn your pilot light off for the hot summer. Leaving a pilot light on can impact your gas bill during the summer months. Furthermore, your air conditioning may need to work harder to keep the entire home cool.

pilot light in furnace

If your furnace is a newer model, then it most likely won’t have a pilot light.

2. Clean the Furnace and Check the Air Filter

Before your furnace goes into hibernation, be sure to clean it thoroughly. Once the furnace sits over the summer, it will naturally collect dust and dirt. Clean as much of that dust and dirt out as possible before it lies dormant. If you leave the filth in your furnace, then it could impact its efficiency and quality.

A portion of the furnace you really need to check is the air filter. If you have not checked your air filter over the winter months, then you should replace it before the summer. Replacing it will save you time and money later when you want to use your furnace again.

3. Shut Off the Furnace

If you have a gas furnace, then you will need to shut off the gas supply. Electric furnaces can simply be turned off at the thermostat. The gas line should be located near your furnace. The furnace should be cut from its gas supply in order to prevent the build-up of unnecessary gas. Additionally, it can prevent leakage of the gas, which would affect the gas bill.

Get your furnace inspected before the winter so you can start running the heat without issues.

4. Have Houston Admiral Inspect It

Before the summer is in full swing, have a Houston Admiral technician inspect the unit. Our technicians can examine the furnace to see if any issues are present. This helps homeowners prepare their furnace before winter.

Schedule an Inspection Today

If you want to be prepared for next winter, get in touch with the Houston Admiral team today. Homeowners can reach the team by calling (281) 876-9400. For details on additional services, visit our residential heating and cooling services page. Secure the quality and life of your furnace with these steps.