Affordable DIY Tips for Heating System Maintenance


Proper maintenance of your heating system is crucial for ensuring efficiency, safety, and longevity. While professional service is recommended for major repairs or replacements, there are several DIY tips you can follow to keep your system running smoothly. In this article, we’ll cover some cost-effective DIY tips for furnace and heating system maintenance.

Filter Replacement

  1. Check your furnace filter monthly and replace it when it becomes visibly dirty or clogged. A dirty filter can restrict airflow, reducing efficiency and potentially causing damage to your system.
  2. Make sure to purchase the correct size and type of filter for your specific furnace model.
  3. Consult your owner’s manual or contact Northeast Heating, Cooling and Refrigeration Co., Inc. for guidance on the recommended filter replacement schedule.

Thermostat Maintenance

  1. Clean the thermostat regularly by gently wiping it with a dry cloth to remove dust and debris.
  2. Check the thermostat’s batteries and replace them as needed to ensure accurate temperature readings and seamless operation.
  3. Consider upgrading to a programmable or smart thermostat, which can help you save energy and money by automatically adjusting temperatures based on your schedule or preferences.

Ductwork Inspection

  • Inspect accessible ductwork for any visible signs of damage, such as holes, cracks, or disconnections.
  • Seal any leaks or gaps using duct sealant or metal-backed tape specifically designed for ductwork.
  • Ensure that insulation around the ductwork is intact and properly installed to prevent heat loss.

Outdoor Unit Maintenance

  1. Keep the area around the outdoor unit clear of debris, such as leaves, grass, or snow buildup, to ensure proper airflow.
  2. Gently clean the unit’s exterior with a soft brush or garden hose to remove dirt and dust.
  3. Straighten any bent fins on the outdoor unit’s coils to improve airflow and efficiency.


By following these DIY tips, you can help extend the life of your heating system, improve its efficiency, and potentially save money on energy costs. However, it’s important to remember that major repairs or replacements should always be handled by professionals like Northeast Heating, Cooling and Refrigeration Co., Inc. Regular professional maintenance and service are also recommended to ensure the safe and optimal operation of your heating system.