There are many ways to keep your heating and air conditioning bills to a minimum. While most people try to reduce their overall usage, there comes a point when you absolutely need to turn on your AC or heater to be comfortable. Of course, if your HVAC system is properly serviced and regularly cleaned, there is a better chance that your system will be energy and cost efficient. Also, servicing the system will ensure that your condensers, evaporators, ducts, air conditioner and furnace will remain operational for years. If not properly serviced, there is a good chance that you will need to replace these costly appliances sooner.

Luckily, there are some simple service jobs that you can do on your own that will increase the effectiveness of your HVAC system. The furnace is a good place to start since it is central to both the heating and air conditioning systems. This article explains how to make sure your furnace blower is fully operational and clean.

Checking the Blower

Checking the furnace blower is easy because it is located in the main cabinet compartment. There is an easily accessible door that can be removed (usually) without any tools at all. Once you open the door you should see a switch. Turn off the furnace by flipping this switch before you go any further. On some units the switch will be on the outside of the cabinet. If you cannot locate the power switch, simply cut it at the breaker box. You will probably need a flashlight to fully inspect the blower compartment.

Here are 4 Things you Should Look for Inside the Blower Compartment

  • Dust, mold or rust build up on the fan blade: Dust and mold can be easily cleaned, but you might need to replace the fan blades if you spot rust.
  • Blockages on the duct outputs: The junctures where the air is blown out of the furnace and into the ducts can often get partially blocked by dust build up.
  • Dust build up on the sidewalls: Dust build up on the sidewall of the cabinet interior is not usually harmful. It could affect allergies, but it should not hamper the productivity of the furnace. If you notice dust, just wipe it down with a wet rag
  • A clogged filter: A clogged or dirty filter will definitely reduce the airflow of your HVAC system. The filter is meant to keep the engine motor clean. If the filter is nor clean, dirt might be getting into the motor and slowing it down. Clean or replace the filter if you notice it is clogged.

These four checks in your blower compartment will definitely increase the effectiveness of your HVAC system. They are simple, fast and cheap, so do them ASAP.

If you run into any more complicated or extensive issues, contact a professional HVAC service, such as Tri State Enterprise, to evaluate and repair your system.