Two tips to help keep your furnace and water heater in top shape.

Today I have a couple of quick tips to share about your water heater and furnace.

There’s one thing that comes up on inspections all the time. It could add years to the life of your furnace, but most homeowners forget to take care of it. I’m talking about changing out the filter. If you don’t change your filters, the heat exchanger in your furnace tends to crack because it’s working too hard.

“Changing your filter is easy, and it will extend the life of your furnace.”

It’s pretty simple to do, too. First, get a bunch of filters from Costco or a local department store and put them right next to your furnace. On the one behind me in the video above, you just open a door at the bottom, pull the filter out, and replace it with the new one. Your furnace might be slightly different, but it should be just as easy.

My second tip is for your water heater. You want to have a pan underneath it to catch any water that might leak. These heaters tend to erode on the bottom, so the pan can help prevent water damage if it does leak. You don’t have to get a pan for your old water heater, but if you get a new one, put a plastic pan underneath to catch the water.

If you have any questions about these tips or real estate in general, feel free to call or email me. I’d love to help.