Temperatures are pretty variable around here, but the end of summer is going to be here soon and you’ll be needing your heater on a pretty regular basis. That makes right now the perfect time to schedule your furnace maintenance for the season.
Keep reading as we uncover answers to some of the most commonly asked questions about furnace tune-ups and information on why maintenance is so vital.
“Do I Really Need Maintenance?”
It’s always possible that your heating system will make it through this winter without a tune-up, but it won’t necessarily do so efficiently. Maintenance is truly the best service you can invest in for your HVAC systems. It helps your system perform better overall, and last longer. Plus you’ll notice:
- Lowered energy bills
- Reduced need for furnace repairs
- Extended equipment life
“Does a New Furnace Need Maintenance?”
If you just bought your heater yesterday, then no, you don’t need to schedule maintenance. But tune-ups are something we recommend once a year for furnaces. (If you have a heat pump system instead, then tune-ups are a biannual need).
In fact, consistency matters more than what time of the year you have maintenance done. Sure, we recommend that you schedule your furnace maintenance in the fall before you need the system the most. But it’s more important that you stay on top of this service each and every year.
The most important part of maintenance is that it properly prepares you for the winter season and gives you the peace of mind that your heater will make it through the season.
A full professional inspection of the system will reveal if there are any repair needs that you should take care of sooner than later. It also allows us to thoroughly inspect and clean the system, and adjust any components that need adjusting.
“Isn’t Maintenance Expensive?”
It’s more expensive to skip maintenance, actually! Skipping maintenance means you risk a small problem turning into a big emergency, instead. For instance, as a part of natural wear and tear, the lubrication on the motor bearings in your furnace wears down, so the bearings need to be replaced after a handful of years. During maintenance, we can spot when this is needed and replace them for you right away.
But if you skip maintenance, this can lead to the motor burning out and your furnace shutting down, leading to a much more expensive repair.
This is just one example of how maintenance helps you save money. By keeping your furnace clean as well, the system will perform more energy efficiently. This means it will use less energy in order to run, saving you money in the long run.
To prevent repair needs, extend the lifespan of your furnace, and make sure your furnace operates the best it can by getting in contact with our team of professionals to schedule your maintenance appointment today!