I’ll bet the last time you had your HVAC guy over to do any kind of work on your home furnace, he or she suggested you sign up for an annual heating system inspection and tune-up. If you thought this was just a ploy to sell you more products and services, you might want to reconsider. Chances are very good that your neighborhood HVAC professional receives dozens of calls each Fall from frantic homeowners dealing with a furnace breakdowns or other cold-weather emergency. And in most cases, these emergencies could have been easily avoided with a simple inspection and tune-up at the start of the cold season.
That early fall inspection is meant to save you money and frustration. By waiting for the breakdown to happen, you’re taking the very real chance that fixing the problem will be a much longer and more expensive process than it has to be. Furnace contractors are often at their busiest once winter arrives, so if you call for a tune-up or repair once the cold season is in full swing, not only will you more than likely have to wait, you may be charged additional fees on top of repair costs.
Scheduling a tune-up during the fall, however, will ensure that your furnace is in good working order before the cold weather hits. Not to mention maintenance fees are much less costly than emergency repairs. The small investment in a furnace tune-up now will return big rewards later in more ways than one. Here’s how:
Ensures proper airflow
Restricted or limited airflow places an unnecessary strain on your furnace that can lead to increased repairs and a shortened lifespan.
Keeps you safe
Even a small combustion problem can lead to gas leaking into your home or dangerous carbon monoxide levels.
Getting your furnace tuned-up now, before the weather is cold, is much more convenient–and less expensive–than waiting for a repairman in a cold home.
Improves energy efficiency
Cleaning and inspection of the furnace burner and heat exchanger ensures safe operation and keeps your furnace running efficiently all winter.
Did you know?
What many homeowners don’t realize is that it’s nearly always stated in the fine print of the owner’s manual or warranty that the homeowner is required to maintain the furnace for the warranty to remain valid. Some manufacturers even require proof of regular maintenance, so always keep a copy of your receipt for any service work performed.
Along with routine maintenance, there are a few simple things you can do to keep your furnace running as efficiently as possible:
- Make sure nothing flammable is stored next to your furnace.
- Dust the outside of your furnace regularly.
- Test your furnace while it’s still warm out.
- Switch your thermostat to the heating mode.
- Change your filter regularly, especially during heavy use.
- Install a carbon monoxide (CO) detector and test it monthly.
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