Why Preventative Maintenance Is Important
No one in their right mind would drive a car more than 50,000 miles without changing the oil, replacing the air filter or rotating the tires. Why would you operate your furnace without scheduling your routine maintenance?
Like your car, your furnace is a combustible engine that requires a tune-up to ensure safe, efficient and reliable operation. In most cases, furnace tune-ups aren’t just highly recommended by HVAC professionals, they’re often times required by the manufacturers to maintain the validity of the warranty.
An annual furnace tune-up can be done at any time during the year, but it’s best to do it in the fall before it gets too cold – and before HVAC technicians get too busy with service calls. Normally, HVAC technicians get inundated with calls during the winter. The last thing you want is for your furnace to break down in the middle of the night during a cold snap in the dead of winter. Imagine waiting days for an appointment or paying higher fees for emergency repairs.
Below are four reasons why you should schedule a furnace tune-up today:
You Could Save Money
Like the spokes on the wheel of a bicycle, all the components of your furnace function together to heat your home. During a furnace tune-up, a highly trained HVAC technician will perform a safety inspection of the vent to ensure there are no cracks or leaks, make sure the temperature is accurate, lubricate all the motors, check all the switches and connections, and replace all the filters. If one of the parts and components are damaged, your furnace might have to work a lot harder than normal to get the job done. In some instances, it might break down altogether. The cost of a tune-up is a lot cheaper than buying a new furnace, which could cost hundreds or even thousands of dollars to replace.
Promotes Energy Efficiency
A furnace tune-up can help you save on your energy bills. When natural gas burns, your home heats up as a result. Unfortunately, burning natural gas leaves behind a residue that builds up over time and eventually compromises the integrity of your furnace. Add to that debris – including years of dust – on your blower and filters and you’ve got a costly problem on your hands. The weight of debris on the blower will cause the motor to strain. Dirty filters restrict air flow and results in unusually high temperatures that shorten the life span of your unit. By scheduling a thorough cleaning of your furnace, you can ensure that it runs efficiently all winter long.
Ensures Proper Air Distribution
During a routine furnace tune-up, the duct system should be checked for obstructions. The failure to do so will result in limited air distribution throughout your house. Worse still, restricted airflow forces your furnace to work harder than it should. This unnecessary burden decreases the life span of your furnace.
It Could Save Your Life
Furnaces are combustible engines that burn natural gas to produce heat to warm up your home. During the combustion process, the furnace releases carbon monoxide into the vent. If there is a crack in the ducting, dangerous levels of carbon monoxide could seep into your home and threaten your family.
Preventative maintenance takes care of minor problems before they turn into major headaches. For a small investment, you could extend the life of your furnace unit before it’s too late. Schedule your furnace tune-up now to heat up when the mercury drops down.