No, it’s not going to start snowing tomorrow, most likely. But fall is certainly upon us, which means temperatures will soon start cooling down.
This means that it’s just about time to turn our attention away from our homes’ air conditioners and turn it to our heating systems instead.
The first step in preparing for a potentially very chilly winter is making sure your furnace is actually ready for the huge decline in temperatures, through a maintenance tune-up.
This is a service that should be done annually. Now is typically the best time to have it done because it’s before you need the system the most, and so you’ll be less likely to experience a disruption in service. Read on to learn more!
Why Furnace Maintenance Is Essential
What makes routine maintenance for your furnace so vital that you have it done every year? A few things:
Safety! Safety first, right? The majority of furnaces being used in homes in our area are powered by natural gas. This doesn’t make them inherently dangerous, but any gas-powered appliance is going to come with some risk.
During your furnace maintenance session, our experienced professionals will closely inspect the gas line and heat exchanger to see if there is a danger of carbon monoxide leaks. If our technicians do find anything amiss, they’ll arrange with you for repair work, or potentially even a system upgrade if you have an aging furnace.
Even electric furnaces can pose hazards too, such as starting electrical fires from bad or degrading wiring. So don’t think that you don’t need maintenance if you have an electric system!
Warranty Protection: The manufacturer warranties that come with most furnaces stipulate that these systems must have professional maintenance done. If your furnace isn’t maintained by a qualified professional, the warranty may be voided, and you’ll find yourself paying for repair or replacement even when it was caused by a manufacturer defect, to begin with.
Repair Prevention: Did you know that you can avoid up to 85% of the repair needs your furnace might ever have through maintenance? This is because, during maintenance, we’re able to alert you to small, wear and tear issues.
This gives you plenty of time to schedule a follow-up service before you start using your furnace with the damaged component again–making it a lot less likely for that small issue to turn into a much bigger emergency.
Longer System Lifespan: How long would you like your furnace to last? Probably as long as possible, right? Nobody wants to pay for a premature replacement! Well, when well maintained, a furnace can last about 10-15 years. But when not properly cared for, you can expect that lifespan to be cut in half.
Better Efficiency: Last but not least, furnace maintenance helps improve overall efficiency. When a furnace is working as efficiently as it can, it means that it’s not drawing more power from your home than it needs to. Therefore, your monthly heating costs won’t be any higher than they should be.