Your furnace is an essential appliance in your home as it helps to distribute heat. While your furnace probably experiences minimal problems, maintenance and cleaning is important. If you don't maintain your furnace and its elements properly, you might end up dealing with bigger issues later on. One of the best ways to keep up with the furnace is by cleaning the furnace fan. The fan blows hot air throughout your home, and if it has dust or debris, it lowers your air quality. Here are some tips for getting that furnace fan clean.
Prepare to Clean the Furnace Fan
Before you start cleaning the furnace fan, there are a few preparation steps you need to take. First of all, you will need to gather your supplies. Make sure you have dishwashing detergent, at least two buckets, a screwdriver, a couple of old toothbrushes, and a rag. Get out one of the buckets and fill it with warm water. Set that aside then fill the other bucket with warm water and a small amount of dishwashing detergent. Lastly, you need to disconnect the power to the furnace. Unplug the furnace and turn off the electric breaker at your electrical panel for extra security.
Access the Furnace Fan
Once your preparation steps are done, you will need to gain access to the fan of the furnace, also called the blower. You will most likely need to remove the front cover of the furnace to get to the fan. You can do this by removing the screws with your screwdriver. Some pop off, but most furnace covers have screws to keep it secure. When the screws are removed, it will either need to be slid out or lifted up, depending on your model. With the cover removed, look near the bottom of the furnace. You should see the blower fan in this area. It will remain in the furnace when you need it, so don't try to remove it.
Clean the Furnace Fan
Take one of your toothbrushes and dip it into the bucket of soapy water. Scrub the fan blades on the front, back and sides, working one at a time. Be gentle, but use a scrubbing motion to get rid of the grime and debris. There might be some tough build-up on the fans, so make sure each fan is completely clean before moving onto the next one. Once every fan blade is clean, put that toothbrush aside and grab the other one. With this new toothbrush, dip it into the bucket with clean water and scrub the fan blades once more. This will complete the cleaning process and help to get rid of the soap you used previously.
Take your rag and wipe the fan blades, removing any remaining soap residue or dirt that is on the blades. Make sure they are completely dry before you reassemble the furnace and turn it back on. To learn more, contact a professional at Soco Air Conditioning.