Does your furnace and air conditioning system seem to be slow and inefficient? Even if you regularly change your furnace filter, you're probably going to experience reduced efficiency in some form. The fact of the matter is, as a furnace ages, certain components will become less efficient, especially if they are not maintained or cleaned on a normal schedule. It is very important that you clean your furnace pump once every couple of years just to ensure that there is no dirt and dust slowing it down. This article explains the simplest and safest way to clean a furnace pump.
Safely Shutting Down the Furnace
Cleaning the pump is easy, but you need to be deliberate when it comes to shutting down your furnace before doing any work on. First, you need to open up the furnace cabinet and shut off the gas. Most furnaces have a clearly marked gas control knob. Once the gas is turned off, you want to shut the power off to the unit. If your furnace doesn't have an actual kill switch, you will need to find the appropriate breaker switch for it. Once the power is shut off, you can safely work inside the furnace cabinet.
How to Clean the Pump and Cabinet
All you need to clean a furnace pump is a vacuum and a couple of moist rags. First, start by vacuuming the perimeter of the pump and the entire cabinet. Any dirt and dust inside the cabinet can get sucked into the pump over time, so it is a good idea to clean it out while you have access. However, a lot of the dust could be stuck to the metal parts of the pump because there is often a little bit of moisture inside. This is why you need some rags to actually wipe down these surfaces.
It is also worth noting that, if the inside of your furnace cabinet is especially dusty and dirty, it could mean that your furnace filter is not working, is improperly installed, or just hasn't been replaced recently. The more often you replace your furnace filter, the less frequently you will need to clean the inside of your furnace cabinet and pump. Keep an eye on the dust levels inside your cabinet. You need to constantly clean your furnace pump and replace your filter to ensure that your HVAC system is running at maximum efficiency. Contact a local HVAC contractor for additional advice.