It’s officially 2021, and with everything going on in the world, it can be really easy to forget about your household needs. But trust us when we say your comfort and well-being matters! We truly believe that, and that’s why we encourage all of our customers to invest in heating maintenance each year. And no, it’s not too late!
Professional furnace maintenance should be performed once a year. You’ll typically hear HVAC pros, including ours, say that it’s best to have your heater tuned-up in the fall before you need it the most—before winter makes things too cold. But it’s actually far more important to have it done consistently than it is to have it done at the same time each year.
Read on to learn why routine furnace maintenance is so important.
It Keeps Your Heater Safe
Safety first when it comes to your heater! This is especially true if you use a gas-powered heater. If you’re like most homeowners in our area, this describes you. Gas-powered furnaces aren’t inherently dangerous, but just like any other gas-powered appliance, it can have the potential to become so if it’s not cared for properly.
During your furnace tune-up, our highly trained technicians will check your gas line and heat exchangers to ensure that no combustion gases are making their way into your living space due to damage. If we do find anything out of place, we’ll help you arrange to have repair work done, or even a replacement if you have an aging furnace.
It’s important to note here as well, that even electric furnaces could have safety issues, so don’t think you can skip out on this service if you’re not using a gas-powered system.
It Keeps Your Warranty Up to Date
The warranties on most furnace systems have a condition in them that the heating system must receive routine professional tune-ups, otherwise the warranty will be voided. This means you could find yourself financially liable for any and all future repair needs, despite having a warranty, even if it is a manufacturer defect.
It Prevents Repair Needs
Would you believe that furnace maintenance can prevent up to 85% of the repair needs your furnace might ever need in its lifespan? Most big repair needs come from a lack of maintenance. This is because one of the steps of maintenance involves us looking for small problems before they even have the chance to become big problems, saving you time, money, and headaches.
It Extends System Lifespan
Speaking of that lifespan we just mentioned, routine maintenance extends it. When you keep up on your tune-ups, it helps the furnace operate as efficiently and effectively as possible, and accumulate wear and tear a lot slower. This means your furnace will last its intended 10–15 years instead of failing on you after 7–9 years or so.
It Keeps Your Heating Costs Down
Routine heating maintenance helps your system perform more efficiently, which means you’re paying less to use it from month to month. In fact, a well-maintained furnace can retain 95% of its original efficiency throughout its lifespan, whereas a unit that skips maintenance loses about 5% of its efficiency every year maintenance is skipped.