We tell you all the time that it’s very important to keep the air filters in your furnace clean, but it’s just as important to keep your furnace itself clean. If you’re going to attempt to clean your unit yourself, you have to be careful — there are things you should never do while cleaning your furnace.
Forget Safety Gear
You’re going to be working with a system that involves fire and gas, so you should always wear gloves and safety goggles when cleaning your furnace. Since there may be soot in your heat exchanger, you should also consider wearing a mask over your mouth and nose for extra protection.
Leave the Gas/Electric On.
You should always turn off your furnace’s power supply before cleaning it. This helps avoid any dangerous power mishaps or injury. If you’re not sure how to turn off your furnace, call your trusted HVAC technician for help.
Leave Flammable Products Nearby
This should actually be the case all the time. If you leave flammable materials, such as cleaning products or oily rags, near your furnace, you’re risking a fire. When you’re cleaning your unit, that risk increases, so make sure to remove any flammable materials from the area around your unit.
Use the Wrong Products
There are certain products that are specifically designed to be used to clean parts of your furnace, so those are the products you should be using. Other products could react poorly with your system and damage it.
When it comes to your furnace, a clean unit is an efficient unit. The professionals at Air Treatment Company offer maintenance plans to help ensure that your heating or cooling system is running well year round. For more information or to schedule a service, call us at 703-938-0550.