Halloween is almost upon us, which means the frigid temperatures of winter are just around the corner. Is your furnace ready to handle the work load? If you haven’t scheduled your annual maintenance service yet, it may not be, and that can mean some serious headaches are ahead as well!
An annual maintenance service performed by one of the Fredericksburg heating and cooling experts from 72 Degrees Air Conditioning and Heating is a service for your furnace or heat pump that’s performed once a year and performs a number of small fixes, cleanups, and other checks to ensure your furnace is in good health and ready to go when you need to fire it up. There are all sorts of different parts to this service, including an inspection and tightening of your electrical connections, checking your heating elements and ignitor, cleaning your coils, lubricating moving parts, and so much more.
A furnace maintenance service also includes an inspection, which will allow your technician to notify you of any potentially serious issues that may be developing and give you a repair quote on the spot so you can get it fixed before the problem becomes extra serious and stops your system from working entirely (as well as becomes more expensive to deal with).
Benefits of a Maintenance Service
Here are just a few of the benefits of an annual maintenance service for your furnace or heat pump:
First, proper maintenance makes your furnace far more efficient at heating your home. A well-tuned furnace is one in which airflow inhibitors have been unblocked, motors have been lubricated and loosened, belts have been tightened, and heating elements have been cleaned. All of this means that it will take significantly less energy for your furnace to effectively heat your home. It won’t have to run as long, it’ll heat your home faster, and your home will stay at your ideal temperature for longer!
A furnace that’s well-maintained is one that’s going to be far more reliable and have a much lower chance of experiencing a serious breakdown. If you get your furnace maintained before the first really cold weather of the season, you can have the confidence of knowing that your furnace is ready to go. Conversely, a furnace that isn’t maintained is one that has been sitting for quite some time. The coils and heating elements have probably accumulated a fair layer of dust over the summer months. The motors probably haven’t run in some time, and plenty of other things as well. These could all lead to a serious breakdown upon first turning your furnace on, and that breakdown can be a far costlier and more extensive fix which could have otherwise been prevented.
Replacing your furnace is an extremely expensive endeavor; is it something you really want to do all that often? If you’re like most homeowners, the answer is no, you want your furnace to last. Well a furnace that’s well-maintained and receives regular attention from a professional is going to last far longer and run far better than one which receives no attention. As a result, the system that doesn’t receive regular maintenance is going to need to be replaced completely far more often than the one that does receive annual maintenance. In fact, well-maintained furnace can sometimes last as long as 15 to even 20 years, whereas an unmaintained unit will only last about 10 to 15 years before needing replacement.
Is your new furnace under warranty? If so, you’ll want to make sure you schedule your maintenance as soon as possible. Furnace maintenance is a requirement on most modern system warranties, and most warranties will give you as many as 10 years of protection on your system! However, if you need to make a claim, your company will usually request copies of your maintenance records, and not having your system maintained could lead to your warranty being declared null and void. If you want to avoid being on the hook for these major repairs, make sure you get your system maintained!
All of these things combine have one thing in common: they save you a lot of money. Not only will you save money on your energy bills, but you’ll save money on not having to pay for extensive major repairs, or even to replace your furnace for many additional years. When your system remains under warranty, you won’t have to pay for any flaws or repairs that come up during the protection period as well. When you add all of these things together, that’s thousands of extra dollars that stay in your pocket when you have your system professionally maintained!