Are you ready for this? The #1 way to prevent major furnace repairs is through timely professional maintenance! Yes, it really is that simple. Routine furnace maintenance can help prevent up to 85% of the repairs your system may ever need in its lifetime. We’ll get into the “how” and the “why” of this below, but the most important thing you need to know right now is that investing in furnace maintenance is more about just a heating service. You’re investing in longer equipment life, less costly operation, improved efficiency, and most of all, your household’s safety.
Read on as we dive into why professional and timely maintenance is so important.
The Importance of Professional Heating Maintenance
Many of the problems that might affect your heater you might not notice until they’ve already caused a decent amount of damage. This is the primary reason you don’t want to wait for symptoms of a problem to show up—you want to prevent them from showing up. The best way to deal with a problem with your heater is to schedule annual preventive maintenance so it never happens.
This service gives our professionals the chance to closely inspect the system and isolate any issues that may be developing. These problems can then be repaired before they have the chance to grow into something much bigger that not only threatens the integrity of your heater but potentially your home safety.
Did you know maintenance can also increase your system’s energy efficiency? Alternatively, every year a heater goes without maintenance, it loses about 5% of its original efficiency. A system that is well maintained can retain about 95% of its original efficiency.
The Best Time for Furnace Maintenance
The time of year that you schedule preventive maintenance for your furnace will have an effect on how effective that tune-up is. We generally recommend you have maintenance done for your heating system at this time of year. Why? First, it ensures that your furnace is in the best possible condition before being subjected to the added stress of the heating season. Second, it allows you to take immediate advantage of the boost in efficiency that you get from the tune-up.
Of course, it is always better to have maintenance done later in the season or even in the winter than to never have it done at all. Consistency matters most! We definitely recommend you have the service done once a year. But if you’re reading this later in the fall or winter and you skipped maintenance, it’s not too late to give us a call. Sure, you might not get as much of an efficiency boost this year, but overall you’re helping your system perform better and more safely.
During maintenance, we clean and adjust the components that need it. We also check for things like a cracked heat exchanger and signs of wear and tear. These are all slow-growing problems, but you won’t know about them until you have your furnace professionally checked.