How To Change a Furnace Filter

It’s important to replace your furnace’s filter roughly once every three months. This helps to keep your furnace running efficiently. If you’ve never changed it on your own, don’t worry. It’s a pretty simple procedure.

Furnace Filter Replacement Instructions

The first thing you do is turn your furnace off. Optionally, you can disconnect all power going to your furnace during this procedure.

Next, identify where exactly the filter on your furnace is. To do this, remove the cover on the front or side of the furnace.

You’ll do this by simply pulling “up” in most cases.

If you have any issues at all, we have a tremendous amount of experience helping people all over Bend with their furnace. At Mountain View Heating, we are more than happy to assist you.

In addition, you can check the furnace manual. It may show you exactly where the filter is located.

The very next step after you locate the filter is to determine if the filter actually needs to be changed.

You’re going to want to see if your filter has a plastic frame. If it does, you just have to rinse it off in your tub or sink. You do not need actually to change it.

If it does indeed need to be changed, you will want to see what size your furnace filter is. Look at the filter itself, and the size is usually written there on the old filter. If, for some reason, it is not, go ahead and measure it carefully.

How to Remove the Old Filter and Install the Replacement

You’re now ready to remove the old filter. As you remove it, look at it carefully for an arrow. This arrow on your old filter is the “airflow arrow.” You want to see which way it’s pointing. This is because you will want the airflow arrow on your new filter to point the same way, which is facing toward your furnace.

Go ahead and insert your new furnace air filter into your furnace.

That’s it! You’re done!

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Is Furnace Maintenance Necessary?

Do heating companies recommend furnace maintenance to make extra money? Or, is maintenance really needed for your heating system? Furnace maintenance is truly needed to keep your heater operating safely, efficiently, and for the entire duration of its expected lifespan.

Safe Operation

A dirty furnace is at a higher risk of catching on fire. This is one of the reasons all heating companies will tell you that your furnace needs maintenance at least once a year. In colder climates, residents should schedule furnace maintenance twice a year. Hentkowski is a BBB-accredited business that provides heating maintenance in Delaware, northeast Maryland, and southeast Pennsylvania. We’ve been operating since 1968, and we have an A+ rating with the BBB. You know you can trust us with correctly maintaining your furnace.

Prevent High Energy Bills and Other Heating Problems

Lack of furnace maintenance leads to a plethora of heating problems, such as high energy bills, weak airflow, inadequate heating, poor indoor air quality, and noisy operation. Other reasons could be behind these furnace problems too, so never ignore these signs that your furnace needs repair or a tune-up. How does lack of maintenance cause these problems? The buildup of dust and grime inside the appliance impairs healthy operation. Its inefficiency can drive up energy bills, and the dirt buildup obstructs proper airflow.

Protect the Furnace’s Lifespan

A dirty furnace increases wear and tear on your HVAC system. Not only does this increase the likelihood of parts breaking sooner, but it also reduces the furnace’s lifespan. You’ve probably read that, on average, a furnace lasts 15 to 20 years. The catch is this estimate is based on annual maintenance. Your heater might croak before the 15-year mark if it’s not receiving annual maintenance from a reputable heating company.

Hentkowski is a family-owned business that’s licensed to provide heating and cooling services throughout Delaware, Maryland, and Pennsylvania. We can repair, install, and maintain any make and model of heating and cooling system. We have NATE-certified technicians who know what they’re doing. They often fix problems the first time around. Additional services we offer include indoor air quality, hot water heaters, and commercial HVAC. Contact us today to schedule furnace maintenance.