Why a Furnace Tune-Up Every Fall is Important
Imagine this: It's well below freezing. The ground is covered with ice or snow. You’re just about ready to turn in for the night when you crawl in bed and still can't get warm. Come to think of it, you can’t remember the last time your furnace kicked on. You try to troubleshoot, but it’s no use—your furnace has quit working. Do you call the AC guys now or wait until morning? Either way as you wait for the furnace guys to arrive, your home goes from chilly to downright freezing.
To prevent the nightmare of a dead furnace in below freezing temperatures, schedule a tune up every fall. Furnace contractors are often at their busiest once winter arrives, so if you call for a tune-up or repair once winter 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.
Restricted or limited airflow places an unnecessary strain on your furnace that can lead to increased repairs and a shortened lifespan.
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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