Since an electric heating system doesn't burn fuel to warm the home, it faces less stress and requires furnace repairs less frequently. However, it still needs regular upkeep to ensure it is running efficiently and warming the home throughout the winter. Below are several strategies to help you care for this system.
How Can You Take Care of an Electric Furnace Properly?
1. Change the Filter
While the air filter is one of the cheapest replacement parts for a furnace, it is also one of the most important. A clean filter allows air to flow easily through the system, reducing wear and tear on the fan and increasing the device's energy efficiency. Most homeowners should change the filter once every three months for the best results. However, if you have a large family or pets that shed, change the filter once a month. This prevents dust and debris from accumulating in the home, improving the indoor air quality.
2. Check the Thermostat
Most home heating issues are caused by a faulty thermostat, which means they don't relate to the furnace itself. If you haven’t used the heating system yet this year, raise the setting on the thermostat to make sure the system turns on. If it takes several minutes to activate or continues running after the desired temperature has been reached, there may be an electrical issue with the thermostat. Fortunately, this relatively simple repair can dramatically increase the heating system's efficiency.
3. Inspect the Wiring
Electric furnaces are filled with wires that carry electricity to the relays and heating elements. Over time, the intense heat can melt these wires or damage the connections, decreasing the system's efficiency and potentially creating a fire risk. Before inspecting the wiring, turn off the power to the entire system by shutting off the breaker. Then, open the case and check all exposed wiring for loose connections, melted insulation, or signs of burning. If you notice issues, have a furnace repair technician check the system before using it again.
4. Clean the Fans
A dirty fan cannot move air efficiently because it spreads dust and other contaminants throughout the home. Many electric furnaces have fans that slide out from the case so that you can clean them easily. Otherwise, you might need a screwdriver to access the fan assembly. Use a soft-bristled toothbrush to scrub dirt from the blower gently. Then, use a microfiber cloth to wipe each fan blade. Before closing the case, vacuum the debris so that it doesn't remain in the furnace.
When you need professional furnace repairs for your electric heating system, contact Echols Heating & Air-Conditioning Inc. in Akron, OH. Since 1989, these Carrier® factory-authorized dealers have been helping residents and businesses maintain their heating and cooling systems. Visit the website for more information about their services, and call (234) 248-2777 to schedule an appointment.
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