Some people reject the idea of having their furnace inspected and serviced each year, chanting the mistaken mantra, "Don't fix it if it ain't broken." The problem with this attitude is they're increasing the odds that they'll turn up their thermostat one cold evening in the middle of winter and find that it isn't working. They'll also discover that repairing a furnace is more expensive than scheduling a yearly maintenance. If you're one of these people, read on, and you just may change your mind.
You'll Save Money and Energy
Have you ever stopped to consider that your furnace works round-the-clock all winter long? To get an idea, take a look at last year's energy bills. We can't tell you whether energy rates will increase or decrease this winter season, but we can tell you that getting your furnace inspected and serviced will help you get more bang for the buck
Your HVAC technician will clean your furnace as part of the maintenance service. He'll vacuum up all the dust that's accumulated over the year. Dust, as minuscule as it is, can decrease your furnace's efficiency. Dust can bind together in layers, which build up on furnace parts like the heating coil, preventing it from absorbing warmth from the air that runs over it. This makes the furnace work harder and uses more energy. The same thing goes for the burner. If it's dirty, it won't be able to generate as much heat as it should. On top of this, you'll be paying more, since it has to run longer. Regularly scheduled maintenance will save you money, not only because a clean furnace is more energy-efficient, but because it also increases its lifespan.
Late summer through early fall is the best time to have your furnace inspected. This will allow your HVAC technician to catch any problems before you need to use your furnace.
What You Can Expect
The typical maintenance service consists of three steps: inspection, cleaning, and adjustment.
- Inspecting your furnace is the most important part. The furnace technician will take a close look to see if anything needs to be repaired or replaced. If they do find something, seeing to it now is better than waiting for it to break down in the middle of the winter. If no problems are found, you'll enjoy peace of mind going into the long winter.
- As pointed out above, even one dirty, grimy, or dusty component can get in the way of your furnace performing optimally.
- Similar to your car, lawn mower, or refrigerator, furnace parts are subject to wear and tear. Whether it's a bent heat pump coil or flame sensor, the technician will adjust it now, before upcoming month and months of continuous operation result in domino effect damage, shutting down the entire heating system.
Have Your Furnace Inspected, Regardless of Age
Your initial maintenance, cleaning or inspection may discover a minor irregularity. Having a new furnace maintained yearly, regardless of whether it's new or old, will nip problems in the bud, and prolong its life cycle.
If you haven't had your furnace checked yet, there's still time before the cold weather arrives. Call us at Guaranteed Services today to schedule a maintenance appointment.